London’s famous Tower Bridge got stuck in its open position for the second time in a year due to a technical fault on Monday, leading to tailbacks of road traffic trying to cross the River Thames.
The bridge, which allows boats to pass underneath by raising the road which crosses it, got stuck shortly before 2:45pm (1345 GMT), a spokesperson for the City of London police force said.
Since 1976, the bridge’s two arms, or bascules, have been operated by engines powered by oil and electricity, replacing the original steam-powered ones that dated back to the 19th century.
“Due to a technical issue, Tower Bridge is currently stuck in a raised position,” a spokesperson for the City of London Corporation, which owns the bridge, said. “We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.”
It was the second time in a year that the bridge got stuck. In August 2020, it was closed for more 24 hours when its bascules jammed in an open position.