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All applications which may have an impact on the EAL will be assessed on a case by case basis. The level of service and service patterns of the EAL should be correctly represented in any transport assessment (TA), and TfL will ensure that all proposals safeguard its performance and infrastructure during construction and operation.

Why plan?

The EAL is both a transport scheme and a catalyst for regeneration and development. Appropriate forms of development in the vicinity of the EAL are welcomed. It is a landmark in the local area and developments should be designed with this in mind. It is fully accessible for wheelchair users and can accommodate bicycles.

Requirements for your planning application

Along with the potential impact on the business, TfL will consider such aspects as the impact of proposed developments on views to and from the whole system including the terminals and the associated public realm, the towers and the cable and cabins. Developments which obscure views of the EAL will be expected to fund the provision of appropriate mitigation such as additional signage in accordance with the EAL-approved Signage Strategy.

Crowd management and control in the adjoining public realm, access for servicing, for emergency vehicles and emergency evacuation are key operational aspects. Adjoining and adjacent developments must be designed to enable these operational functions to occur unfettered. Emergency evacuation requirements will be a consideration for all developments under and adjacent to the line of the cables. Developments in and around the Royal Docks will be required to demonstrate how their servicing, crowd management and emergency plans will be compatible with those established for the EAL.

Based on the applicant's trip generation methodology, TAs should express the number and likely patterns of additional trips generated by a development proposal on the EAL. Details of seasonal variations should be provided. This will allow TfL to assess the need for any necessary mitigation.

Applicants should note that the EAL has a planning capacity of 2,000 trips per hour in each direction.

Construction advice

There are restrictions on development in close proximity to the EAL to safeguard the infrastructure, the safety of the system and to allow TfL to maintain and operate the system. A protection zone exists under and adjacent to the EAL where particular attention will be paid by TfL to ensure the system is not put at risk.

Further information

The EAL has London Cable Car Guidance for Developers, which provides advice on development in the London Borough of Newham, and London Cable Car Guidance for Developers - Greenwich Peninsula which are available free of charge from TfL.

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