We have all grown up learning the popular nursery rhyme ‘London Bridge is falling down.’ The iconic rhyme took on a new meaning recently, after the namesake Tower Bridge in England was stuck open for over an hour. By Amitha Ameen
— Tim Blazey (@timblazey) August 22, 2020
Recently, Londoners on their way out and about were in for a shock after the iconic Tower Bridge, which opened up to allow ships to pass through on the River Thames, got stuck for a few hours and did not come back to its original position resulting in a lot of traffic on the route.
The two sides of the bridge were in an unusual position with the left side slightly above the right, in what appeared like the bridge was hanging. Situated in the central part of London, the technical glitch in the bridge resulted in traffic being held up for over an hour. Pedestrians and cyclists were seen waiting near the stuck bridge.
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Tower Bridge is currently closed to pedestrians and traffic, due a mechanical fault. Mechanics are currently working hard to fix the bridge. Please find alternative routes. @Squarehighways @TfLTrafficNews
— City of London Police (@CityPolice) August 22, 2020
The local city police soon issued a warning and advised people to find an alternate route. “Tower Bridge is currently closed to pedestrians and traffic, due to a mechanical fault. Mechanics are currently working hard to fix the bridge. Please find alternative routes,” read the tweet from the City of London Police’s official twitter page.
The mishap garnered a lot of attention on social media with many netizens taking to twitter to make jokes about the situation. The iconic rhyme was put to good use by many with a slight twist – “London bridge is falling up.” Some others suggested switching off and switching on the main controls while others commented that even the bridge had given up in 2020. The bridge was finally fixed in an hour and traffic was allowed to pass.