Massive queues have started to form on either side of the London landmark as its mechanised drawbridges remain upright. The issue is being blamed on a “technical failure”.
The last time the bridge was stuck open was in August – just three months ago.
One Londoner held up tweeted angrily: “It’s bl***y stuck again!”
A spokesperson for the City of London Police said: “Tower Bridge is currently closed to traffic and pedestrians due to technical failure.
“Please avoid the areas.”
Traffic monitor Jambuster advised: “The road is closed in both directions due to a technical issue at the bridge lift.
“Use an alternative route where possible. Delays are highly expected in the area.
“Traffic is slow moving in the area with westbound tailbacks on East Smithfield/The Highway from King David Lane and northbound tailbacks on Tower Bridge Road approaching Elephant and Castle.”
Motorists trying to travel via the bridge have reacted bemusedly to the news.
One Londoner held up on one side of the bridge tweeted: “‘Sorry I’m going to be late, Tower Bridge is stuck up’ is the most London text I have ever sent.”
A London cab driver put simply: “Highway’s stuffed”.
More to follow…