London Eye capsule taken away as refit starts

Author: By Peter Woodman, Press Association

The 10-tonne capsule was taken down from the 440ft-high Eye on the Thames
opposite Westminster and floated down the river to Tilbury Docks in Essex.

The capsule is then being taken by truck to a workshop in Worcester where
upgrade work, including the fitting of new heating and ventilation systems
and entertainment facilities, will take place.

The capsules will be taken down one a time and transported to Worcester, with
a “dummy” unoccupied capsule replacing them. The work is expected to be
completed in time for the 2012 London Olympics.

London mayor Boris Johnson said: “Our city has an unrivalled range of unique
attractions that draw people from across the world and the much-loved London
Eye is one of the most recognisable.

“This investment is fantastic news and underlines the commitment there is to
ensuring the capital will be at its best and ready to welcome record numbers
of visitors when we host the 2012 Games.”

Now owned by Merlin Entertainments Group, the Eye opened in 2000 and welcomes
around 3.5 million tourists every year.

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