The straw bales are back — hanging from the wobbly bridge later this month.
Early this year a bale of straw was hung from the Millennium Footbridge as required under ancient laws governing the river, and will once again dangle from under the bridge during maintenance works.
It’s an ancient bylaw of uncertain heritage that if a bridge arch is open to river traffic, but has the headroom restricted, then a bale of straw should be hung from the bridge as a warning.
Contractors working on behalf of the City of London will be conducting refurbishment works on the Millennium Footbridge for approximately 8 weeks from 21 September 2015.
So, during the daytime while the works are under taken, out comes the bale of straw once more.
Look out for it between 21st September to 22nd November.
Edit – Dates changed to 19th October – 14th December.