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13/06/00
'It's Meant to Wobble'
- Suspension of disbelief as engineer defends shaking Millennium Bridge

NO SOONER had the Millennium Bridge opened on Saturday than it was forced to close after it began to swing violently, causing some people to experience waves of sickness.

Fifteen minutes after it had been officially opened, pedestrians were prevented from going on the UKP18 million bridge, which links St. Paul's Cathedral with the Tate Modern, after high winds, and the effect of hundreds of people crossing, led it to sway.

Engineers blame the movement on the 100,000 people using the so-called Blade Of Light. At first the Millennium Bridge Trust insisted that there wasn't a problem. "It's meant to wobble. It's a suspension bridge," said a spokesman. But later officials admitted to "a serious problem with the bridge moving."

The Bridge is now expected to be fitted with shock absorbers to stop the sideways movement. "We are humbled by its success and the response from people who have crossed this bridge and we will sort out this problem," chairman of the Trust, David Bell, said.




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