Tower Bridge stuck open for emergency repairs sparking London traffic chaos

Tower Bridge has been stuck open sparking travel chaos as it's forced to shut for emergency repairs.

The iconic London landmark is currently experiencing a technical fault leaving the bridge stuck open and traffic halted.

A nurse on her way to work tweeted: "Tower Bridge is currently experiencing a technical fault and the bridge is stuck open.

"Slight pause to my walk Nurses Active but it was cool to see the bridge open for the first time in my life!"

Another wrote: "Tower Bridge is stuck open. Great for tourists though! #towerbridge."

Adam Pk shared a crying emoji as he added: "Out of all times for Tower Bridge to get stuck open, why now."

And another passer-by said: "My gym is at the other side of #towerbridge , I think I'll do something at home instead."

Pictures posed on social media showed the bascules jammed upright after being opened to allow a Jubilee Trust Tall Ship to pass through.

On average, Tower Bridge opens its bascules around 800 times a year — around twice a day.

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The fault brought traffic in part of central London grinding to a halt with people wanting to cross having to turn back or wait.

"Tower Bridge is currently experiencing a technical fault and the bridge is stuck open.

"Slight pause to my walk #NursesActive but it was cool to see the bridge open for the first time in my life!

Tower Bridge is a Grade I listed combined bascule and suspension bridge in London which was built between 1886 and 1894.


It crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and was built to give better access to the East End of London in the 19th century.

The bridge is 800 feet (240 m) long and has two 213-foot (65 m) bridge towers connected at the upper level by two horizontal walkways.

Its central pair of bascules can open to allow shipping and were originally hydraulically powered before being converted to an electro-hydraulic system in 1972.

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