What goes up…the cable car in numbers

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The Emirates Air Line (as we must call it by the law of corporate sponsorship) has been open since June 2012. A short jaunt linking the O2 arena with the Excel Conference centre at the Royal Docks, the cable car has proved controversial: confusing some and baffling others. So just how many Londoners are commuting to work like a villain from a bad James Bond film?


During the Olympics it reportedly got 70,000 visitors a week, but in those heady days Londoners believed they could fly and there was wiff-waff at the Excel Centre. Annoyingly, TFL figures don’t stretch back that far, but numbers hovered around 40,000 in the months afterwards, glimpsing their former glory in the first week of November, when 70,704 took to the sky.

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All Stations Are Equal. But Some Are More Equal Than Others.


London Locomotion doesn’t often spout favouritism…but sometimes needs be.

Sometimes there’s a tube station that simply stands out from the rest like a long-awaited beacon of loco-mania. It relieves us from the discomfort, stress and tedium of 9 to 5 life and – as if by magic – commuting transforms! Light and easy, we’re back in the utero-hub from whence we came. And it’s glorious.

At times like these, credit is surely due. So spread your wings and take a magnificent bow, O hallowed Angel.

Never before has a tube station been so aptly named (maybe Cockfosters.) Yet on first impressions, it’s nothing out of the ordinary. Two platforms and two escalators form its functionality, while an ever-long ticket queue ensures the familiar. But look closer and you’ll see something special.  For a white board stands in front of you, inscribed with a message of hope and humour. So effective and celebrated it is, you would think it were written by He above Himself (or close enough: the acclaim actually goes to staff workers Ken Waters, 53 and Rathees Kadacham, 30.)

We are, of course, talking about Angel’s Thought Of The Day.

Now with its own website Thoughts of Angel, the much revered words of Angel are finally available to the masses. So in honour of our favourite station and its wonderful words of wisdom (and avoidance of excessive alliteration – so tacky), we share with you some of its very best sentiments. And we urge you to adapt your commute and take a fly by Angel. For it is good.

“Five things i hate about laziness. 1.”

“You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said ‘Parking Fine'”

“Those who can laugh without case have either found the true meaning of happiness, or have gone stark raving mad”

“The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that they have never tried to contact us”

 And the oh-so-tube-appropriate:

“There is no such thing as delays. Just an opportunity to linger longer!”

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