London Eye Set for £12.5m Upgrade

18 May 2009 (Last Updated May 18th, 2009 18:30)

The UK's London Eye will receive a £12.5m upgrade to make it more environmentally friendly, it has been revealed. The 32 upgraded capsules will feature improved ventilation along with mounted screens and Wi-Fi capability, which will provide music and visuals, says Eye owner Merlin Enter

The UK's London Eye will receive a £12.5m upgrade to make it more environmentally friendly, it has been revealed.

The 32 upgraded capsules will feature improved ventilation along with mounted screens and Wi-Fi capability, which will provide music and visuals, says Eye owner Merlin Entertainments Group.

The upgrade means that no major maintenance works will be necessary on the capsules for the next 20 years.

"This will ensure the London Eye operates at maximum efficiency and is cutting down its carbon footprint well into the future," said divisional director of London Midway attractions at Merlin Entertainments Group, David Sharpe.

Once removed, each capsule will travel down the Thames to Silvertown in London's docklands where it will be transported to a workshop in Worcester to be upgraded. During this period, a non-operational capsule will replace each pod.

The upgrade will begin this summer and will be complete by 2012.

By staff writer.