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The Emirates Air Line may have been the first, but it looks like Cardiff is planning on having the best commuter cable car scheme in the UK. Wales Online reports:

Plans for a cable car linking Cardiff Bay, Penarth and the city centre are being drawn up.

The £100m scheme could carry as many as 2,500 passengers every hour along a five mile route, according to a feasibility study carried out for Cardiff Business Council.

Engineering and construction firm URS, is carrying out the study which CBC chairman Nigel Roberts insists is “not just a pipe dream”.

Mr Roberts said they were “very serious” about the cable car.

“It won’t just be a tourist route. The proposed route already has a ready made footfall of commuters. It will provide awe-inspiring views and will also open up development sites in the area,” he told the Guardian newspaper.

Cardiff Business Council has been working on the project for 18 months and has already held talks with local government and investors.

“There are discussions in Cardiff for having a new tram system, monorail or bendy buses. Why not dream a bit bigger and go for cable cars? It would be phenomenal. There would be fantastic views across to the Devon coast and up the Bristol channel. But it’s also a practical solution for commuters,” Mr Roberts added.

The scheme would see cable cars running to and from the city centre, and allow commuters to "cycle to the cable car, store bikes in a rack on the gondolas and cycle on again when they reach their stop".

If Cardiff can do it, it makes you wonder what could be achieved in London with a bit of vision.