Tower Bridge

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Tower Bridge
is special

The Tower Bridge is one of the world's most photogenic bridges, especially when the two bascules (elevating spans) are raised to allow tall ships to pass through.

Tower Bridge
tips and insights

Once a source of ridicule

When the Tower Bridge was built in 1894, some citizens hated the design, calling it "monstrous" and "preposterous". Now Londoners consider it an endearing icon.

River vs. road traffic

Ships have the right of way. When the bascules are raised for them, land vehicular traffic backs up. (On June 2, 2005 a software glitch froze the lifted bascules for 10 hours, creating a monumental London traffic jam.). Fortunately, on average, the bascules are raised only 2 or 3 times a day.


The two towers are as high as a modern 20-story building.

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