London’s Millennium Bridge. Well they say that London Bridge is falling down, but it looks like it is here to stay, however, did you know the Millennium Bridge wobbled so badly when it was opened on 10th June 2000 that they had to close the bridge two days later? I will reveal why it wobbled later but first of all here are a few facts about the Bridge. The Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian only suspension bridge connecting Southbank near Tate Modern across the Thames to St Paul’s on the other side. It is 325 meters in length and cost £32 million to build. However on that fateful day in 2000, the number of people exceeded the flexibility that had been allowed for in the design and the Bridge wobbled. It was designed to be flexible but only for up to 160 people at a time. On opening day 80,000 people crossed the Bridge, with 2,000 on it any one time. The Bridge was closed while modifications costing £8.9 million including 91 shock absorbing dampers were made. It opened again in February 2002. Today it is a great way to cross the Thames and get some wonderful photos. Check out my photos and map of other London Bridges. From Tower Bridge to the Vauxhall Bridge, central London has a great selection of architectural styles to investigate.
Fun Fact: The Millennium Bridge was the first bridge to built across the Thames in 100 years.
Extra Fun Fact: There are 400 tiny works of art on the Bridge…
For more on the Millennium Bridge see here and for London see here. My post River Thames is here.
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London Bridge Map is from Bing.com