Men in ropes on the Millennium Bridge

Something to keep an eye out for:

On or about 18 October 2010, for a period of about one week, contractors working on behalf of the City of London will carry out a structural inspection of the Millennium Footbridge by roped access.

A safety boat, maintaining a continuous watch on VHF Channel 14, will be in attendance whilst the inspection is taking place.

I wonder if the required bale of straw will also be suspended from the bridge?

In a bit of whimsy, wouldn’t it be fun to switch off the dampers that stop the bridge wobbling and let us have a day of wobbly bridge again?

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3 Comments

  1. Leo

    Agreed, though this isn’t one of those look-at-me-with-my-aerodynamic-instability designs that require constant monitoring by computer. The damping is done with big chunks of rubber, a material not currently fitted with an off switch. Shame.

  2. tim

    Sadly i have yet to see a bale of straw underneath Blackfriars… how am i supposed to know there’s work going on?!

    • IanVisits

      Ahh, there is (or was) a bale of straw there as I have seen it.

      I did actually write to them about it when works started and they said they didn’t need it – only for a press release to come out a few weeks later announcing the arrival of a bale of straw!

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