Decisions due for cruise terminal and Boris’s cable car

Greenwich councillors have been advised to back plans for a cruise liner terminal at Enderby’s Wharf, as well as plans for a cable car next to the Dome, when they meet to discuss the proposals next week.

The nine-member planning board will decide next Thursday if the two Greenwich riverside projects can go ahead. Planning officers have recommended both schemes go ahead.

As well as a cruise liner terminal, the Enderby’s Wharf development includes 770 homes, a 251 room hotel, gym, skills academy, creche and commercial accommodation, as well as a river bus stop.

If approved, preparation works would begin in October, with the terminal ready by June 2012, in time for the Olympics. The rest of the development is due to be completed in stages between July 2013 and November 2015, according to planning documents.

Earlier this week, Newham Council approved plans to build the cable car, endorsed by Boris Johnson, between its side of the River Thames and the Royal Victoria Dock.

It is evisaged the cable car would operate from 7am-midnight on weekdays, 8am-midnight on Saturdays and 9am-11.30pm on Sundays. The cable car’s route, from the current O2 arena coach park on Edmund Halley Way, would follow the route of a possible road tunnel from the Greenwich Peninsula to Silvertown.

Transport for London is seeking a private company to run the cable car, which is expected to charge Oyster users around £2.50, in time for the Olympics. It is expected to open in June 2012, although the mayor’s own London Development Agency has cast doubt on this timescale.

Before Christmas, it emerged the agency had been told to spend £1.21m on the project, which was originally meant to be at no cost to taxpayers.

The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation is also due to make a decision on the cable car application at a separate meeting to be held in Stratford on Wednesday.