By Webteam - 10th June 2019 6:04am
The 10th of June 2000
The Millennium Bridge between Bankside and the City in London was not the only millennium project to be completed late — the London Eye for one shared that dubious honour — nor to be over budget — the Millennium Dome put into shade the £2 million overspend on the new Thames crossing. But it gained notoriety because it was closed — albeit temporarily — on the very day it opened, June 10 2000.
Undoubtedly beautiful, the bridge that provides a pedestrian-only crossing between the Globe and the Tate Modern on the south bank and St Paul's the north began to wobble somewhat worryingly when it was used by walkers on a Save the Children charity event marking its opening.
After two days the bridge not only had the nickname 'the wobbly bridge', but also had to close while a solution was found. The closure lasted two years, dampers fitted in that time solving the problem:
crossing the bridge, well away from motorised traffic, is one of the simple — and free — pleasures of a day in the capital.
British history had at least one precedent for the problems: on April 14 1831 the Broughton Bridge in Manchester collapsed when soldiers marching across it in step created a resonance that led in its case to a sudden catastrophic failure.
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