London’s famous Tower Bridge has been stuck open, sparking travel chaos. The bridge has been forced to shut for emergency repairs.
The iconic landmark was experiencing a technical fault – meaning the bridge was stuck open and traffic was halted.
It was raised to allow a sailboat passage along the river, but became lodged in the raised position leaving thousands of road users stuck.
Motorists were stuck on the bridge as engineers tried to fix the problem, but the road was closed after the issue continued for several hours on Monday afternoon.
Delays were reported on both sides of the bridge, sparking travel chaos in the capital for motorists and pedestrians.
City of London Police warned the bridge was closed to traffic and pedestrians due to a “technical failure.”
One passerby 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!”
A spokesman for the City of London Corporation, which manages the bridge, 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 currently known how long it will take to repair the bridge, with the public being urged to avoid the area.
A City of London Police spokesman said: “Tower Bridge is currently closed to traffic and pedestrians due to technical failure.
“Please avoid the areas. Updates to follow.”
A traffic status update on Transport for London’s website said movement for motorists was slow on both sides leading up to the bridge.