London’s Tower Bridge Reopens to Traffic After Mechanical Fault Fixed

August 10, 2021 Updated: August 10, 2021

Tower Bridge has reopened to traffic after becoming stuck due to a technical problem.

Images from The Shard skyscraper’s live camera facing east showed the two sides of the crossing rejoin at about midnight on Monday.

A spokesperson for the City of London Corporation, which owns and runs the bridge, had earlier 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.”

No further updates from the corporation were available by 6:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday.

The fault meant the bridge’s bascules were unable to close properly, forcing them to stay open from around 3 p.m. local time.

It caused traffic problems for several hours that only largely managed to resolve by around 9 p.m., according to Transport for London travel updates.

Images from the scene on Monday afternoon showed traffic built up on both sides of the bridge—which is owned, funded, and managed by City of London Corporation.

By Benjamin Cooper