The 240-meter-long bridge, a staple of the London skyline and a popular tourist attraction, features a movable drawbridge-type bridge, which lifts approximately 800 times a year to allow ships to pass through the river below.
Pedestrians, cyclists and traffic were stranded on Tower Bridge.
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Traffic in the capital was “blocked” after the bridge did not close after letting a ship pass along the River Thames, the PA Media news agency reported. Queues of motorists and pedestrians waited at least an hour, while police asked motorists to find alternative routes in the city.
Overlooking the Thames, the monument, known as the “bascule bridge” (French for “swing”), was completed in 1894. Formerly powered by steam, hydraulic scales have been driven by oil and electricity since 1976.