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24/01/00
Big Wait for Big Wheel
- - Delayed opening for BA's London Eye

THE MILLENNIUM WHEEL received a further setback today as it was revealed that its opening may be pushed back to February.

The delays stem from a problem discovered just before the wheel, or "BA London Eye" as the ad suits prefer to call it, was due to launch on New Year's Eve. Safety officials were concerned with a clutch attached to one of the passenger capsules. A further safety check has discovered that all the capsules' German made clutches are faulty and need replacing.

Originally the operators of the wheel, British Airways, had planned to fully open at the end of January. Early rides which were reserved for the media, staff and prize-winners may now be postponed. Paid for rides, due to start at the beginning of February are also in doubt.

BA officially claim a limited opening is still possible by the end of this month. However, insiders privately admit it may now be February or even March before the wheel starts turning for public consumption.




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