"The Millennium Bridge" London Millennium Footbridge Tip by RhineRoll
London Millennium Footbridge, London: 56 reviews and 101 photos
The Millennium bridge links St. Paul's Cathedral in the City of London with the Tate Modern Gallery in the Bankside, south of the River Thames. Designwise a daring undertaking, this 350 m long pedestrian bridge was purpose-built to be high enough to allow ships to pass underneath it yet low enough not to interrupt views of St. Paul's. You probably don't realise this at first sight, but this is actually a suspension bridge, the difference to other suspension bridges like the Golden Gate bridge being the fact that the cables are running alongside the bridge rather than above. Very soon after it was officially opened in June 2000, it had to be closed again, because it turned out to be scaringly wobbly. Analyses were conducted and the problem was identified to be caused by a resonance (i.e. an adjusted vibration with the tendency to re-inforce itself beyond control) between the bridge's materials and people's movements. After some reinforcements and many dampening elements were put in, the bridge reopened in 2003. It's now very safe to use it -- probably some people will regret this as it certainly was more of an adventure to cross it when the bridge still was wobbling around...
The bridge is wheelchair-accessible. At the Tate, there is a moderately steep zig-zaging ramp. Beneath St. Paul's a ramp cuts across the steps up from the river. Beware of skateboarders and inline-skaters!
Address: Thames Embankment, London
Directions: Nearest Tube, Mansion House. Between Bankside & Victoria St.
Phone: +44 20 7606 3030
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