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10/08/00
Another Bridge Goes Down the Tube
- Hungerford crossing in safety fears

LONDON UNDERGROUND has put a bomb under work on the revamp of Hungerford Bridge.

Tube safety experts are concerned that the riverbed under the bridge may contain unexploded World War Two bombs that, if detonated, could spell disaster for a Bakerloo line tunnel that runs nearby.

"There is a statutory obligation for LU to be consulted on the engineering method to be used so that customer safety is in no way compromised," said a Tube spokesperson.

However, the Cross River Partnership, which is coordinating the Hungerford Bridge work, says that it has already carried out safety inspections on the riverbed and the Tube's extra demands will add UKP19 million to the project, in effect causing its cessation. Preliminary work, has, in fact, now stopped.

"These new safety issues have substantially changed the scale and complexity of this project," said a CRP source.

The Hungerford Bridge problems are the latest in a line of snags to hit Millennium projects. Just down the river the Millennium pedestrian crossing was found to be too wobbly and is still closed, the London Eye has been beset by engineering faults and the Dome is everyone's favourite punch bag.




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