‘Tower Bridge’ bridge blocked after mechanical failure

Tower Bridge
Tower bridge was built after mechanical failure
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The world famous bridge Tower Bridge has a technical fault London, held openly on the afternoon of Monday (9), with cars and pedestrians unable to cross.

London City Police confirmed in a tweet that the bridge was stuck due to a “technical failure”, while several photos and videos posted on social media remained in an upright position after being opened to allow passage of a sailboat. Shows trapped bascules.

Bascules are movable sections of the bridge that can be raised and lowered using counterweights. According to the Tower Bridge Tourism website, this bridge is opened about 800 times a year.

The technical snag led to long traffic lines across the city, forcing pedestrians to find other ways to cross the river. London City Police urged people to avoid the area.

Built on the River Thames, the 240-metre tall landmark was completed in 1894. Once powered by steam, hydraulic bascules have been powered by oil and electricity since 1976.

The bridge also crashed in August 2020, with the bridge’s official Twitter account blaming a “mechanical failure”.

Tower Bridge is a popular tourist attraction and visitors can stroll along the paths connecting the two towers. The walkways were originally public, but were closed in 1910. They reopened as an exhibition space in the 1980s.

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