3. Airport Urban Connectivity
Airports create and market offices, car parks, shopping malls, amusement centres, sewage plants, power plants, event locations and so on. Cities develop and need the same functions and facilities. How can a joint development approach help to develop advanced and evenly used facilities?
London Emirates Air Line Phase 1 Extension Proposal
The Emirates Air Line is situated between, but not yet connected to London City Airport and the Canary Wharf financial district. Connecting these two key London infrastructures seamlessly, will offer an attractive proposition to business travellers who already prefer LCA as their airport of choice for business related destinations. Fulfilling the legacy commitment of the Olympics, the Emirates Air Line could be turned into a new community connector and be far more then just a tourist attraction. Connection to an existing Thames river boat service from Canary Wharf to Westminster would provide a city extension westwards across London. This proposal will propel hitherto side-lined dockland communities directly into the heart of the city economy, accelerating regeneration by not only bridging distance physically but also metaphorically. Docklands and Greenwich populations connecting to the Canary Wharf financial sector and LCY, will gain direct access to employment opportunities, whilst Canary Wharf/LCY will gain access to a valuable staff resource.