Tower Bridge is STUCK open as landmark is hit by a technical fault causing rush-hour traffic chaos

Tower Bridge remains stuck open this evening after being hit by a technical fault which caused traffic chaos during rush hour. 

The bridge’s arms, known as bascules, became wedged upright after being opened at 2.15pm for a Jubilee Trust Tall Ship to pass beneath it.  

Images taken from the scene showed traffic built up on both sides of the 127-year-old bridge, which is owned, funded and managed by the City of London Corporation.

City of London Police urged the public to avoid the area, saying the iconic landmark has been closed to traffic and pedestrians due to a ‘technical failure’.

Workmen were battling through the early hours in a bid to close the bridge before Tuesday morning’s rush hour. 

In August last year, the bridge was closed to vehicles for over 24 hours because of a ‘mechanical fault’ which also saw the arms fail to close.

Tower Bridge remains stuck open this evening after the bascules became wedged upright after being opened at 2.15pm for a Jubilee Trust Tall Ship to pass beneath it

Tower Bridge remains stuck open this evening after the bascules became wedged upright after being opened at 2.15pm for a Jubilee Trust Tall Ship to pass beneath it

Tower Bridge remains stuck open this evening after the bascules became wedged upright after being opened at 2.15pm for a Jubilee Trust Tall Ship to pass beneath it

The bridge remains open into the night after being hit by the technical fault this afternoon

The bridge remains open into the night after being hit by the technical fault this afternoon

The bridge remains open into the night after being hit by the technical fault this afternoon

The City of London Police urged the public to avoid the area after the landmark was hit by a 'technical failure'

The City of London Police urged the public to avoid the area after the landmark was hit by a 'technical failure'

The City of London Police urged the public to avoid the area after the landmark was hit by a ‘technical failure’

A spokesperson for the City of London Corporation, which is made up of elected members headed by the Lord Mayor, said: ‘Due to a technical issue, Tower Bridge is currently stuck in a raised position.

‘We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.’

It is not known how long the bridge will be stuck for.

In a statement posted at around 3pm, the force said: ‘Tower Bridge is currently closed to traffic and pedestrians due to technical failure.

‘Please avoid the areas. Updates to follow.’ 

It is not the first time that the iconic crossing has suffered a technical fault. 

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

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

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

Images taken from the scene show traffic built up on both sides of the 127-year-old bridge, which is owned, funded and managed by the City of London Corporation

Images taken from the scene show traffic built up on both sides of the 127-year-old bridge, which is owned, funded and managed by the City of London Corporation

Images taken from the scene show traffic built up on both sides of the 127-year-old bridge, which is owned, funded and managed by the City of London Corporation

City of London Police urged the public to avoid the area, saying the iconic landmark has been closed to traffic and pedestrians due to a 'technical failure'

City of London Police urged the public to avoid the area, saying the iconic landmark has been closed to traffic and pedestrians due to a 'technical failure'

City of London Police urged the public to avoid the area, saying the iconic landmark has been closed to traffic and pedestrians due to a ‘technical failure’

In 2020 the famous bridge failed to close after allowing a ship to pass along the River Thames, leaving queues of motorists and pedestrians waiting for at least an hour from both directions.

And in 2005 police closed the bridge for ten hours after a technical problem prevented the arms from being lowered. 

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

Each of its bascules weigh more than 1,100 tons each with a 400 ton counterweight to help them descend after lifting to allow river traffic to pass through. 

A spokesperson for the City of London Corporation said: 'Due to a technical issue, Tower Bridge is currently stuck in a raised position'

A spokesperson for the City of London Corporation said: 'Due to a technical issue, Tower Bridge is currently stuck in a raised position'

A spokesperson for the City of London Corporation said: ‘Due to a technical issue, Tower Bridge is currently stuck in a raised position’

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