Tower Bridge could require costly refurb after bascules get stuck again

An expensive refurbishment of Tower Bridge’s hydraulic system is likely needed, according to a leading expert on the structure.

New Civil Engineer writes:

Chartered electrical engineer and author of the Haynes Tower Bridge Operations Manual John Smith told NCE that a six-figure refurb could be needed after the bridge’s twin-leaf bascules were left stuck in the upright position for more than 12 hours earlier this week. It is the second time in the space of 12 months that the bridge’s bascules have become stuck open…

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