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Tower Bridge in London is open and causes traffic chaos in the capital


Tower Bridge in London is open and causes traffic chaos in the capital

  • The crossing opened earlier today to allow a ship to travel down the Thames
  • But the arms of the bridge, known as flaps, could not close again afterwards
  • Passers-by say they have now waited more than an hour to be crossed

Tower Bridge in London remains open as traffic in the capital remains in chaos.

The historic crossing opened around 4pm today for a ship to sail down the Thames.

But the arms of the bridge, known as flaps, could not close again afterwards. Passers-by reported that they had now been waiting to be crossed for more than an hour.

Tower Bridge in London will remain open this afternoon (pictured) as traffic in the capital remains in chaos

One wrote, "I've been stuck here for almost an hour now … #TowerBridge."

Another commented: & # 39; Yes, Tower Bridge is definitely stuck! One side started to fall, the other didn't! #towerbridge #londontraffic. & # 39;

And a third added, "#TowerBridge opened almost an hour ago and hasn't closed yet. It looks solid and the two parts are not symmetrical."

Traffic is said to come to a standstill in both directions and drivers are warned to expect serious delays.

Passers-by report that they have been waiting to cross the bridge in central London for more than an hour

Passers-by report that they have been waiting to cross the bridge in central London for more than an hour

Hundreds of pedestrians huddled together as they queued on the approach to Tower Bridge in London after it remained open

Hundreds of pedestrians huddled together as they queued on the approach to Tower Bridge in London after it remained open

Traffic has now stalled in both directions and drivers are being warned to expect serious delays

Traffic has now stalled in both directions and drivers are being warned to expect serious delays

It is believed that those who were already on the bridge at this point were instructed via a Tannoy system to find an alternative route.

The City of London Police told people in a tweet to stay away from the area: “Tower Bridge is currently closed to pedestrians and traffic due to a mechanical defect.

& # 39; The mechanics are currently working hard to fix the bridge. Please find alternative routes. & # 39;

It's not the first time the iconic intersection has had a technical flaw.

It is believed that those who were already on the bridge at this point were instructed via a Tannoy system to find an alternative route

It is believed that those who were already on the bridge at this point were instructed via a Tannoy system to find an alternative route

People have been using social media in droves to exchange updates about the obvious technical bug

People have been using social media in droves to exchange updates about the obvious technical bug

In 2005 the police closed the bridge for 10 hours after a technical problem prevented the weapons from being lowered.

The suspension bridge, which is also a popular tourist attraction, connects the Square Mile financial district directly to Southwark.

Each of its flaps weighs more than 12 tons with a counterweight of 400 tons so that once they have been raised they can descend again so that river traffic can pass.

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The bridge is believed to have had a technical glitch with a mechanic trying to fix the problems

The bridge is believed to have had a technical glitch with a mechanic trying to fix the problems

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