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CLIP 5735

The Millennium Bridge closure: wobble blamed on pedestrians

The Millennium Bridge closure: wobble blamed on pedestrians
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Key Info
  • The Millennium Bridge closure: wobble blamed on pedestrians
  • Duration: 01:47
  • A study by civil engineers has revealed the Millennium Bridge in London wobbled when it opened in 2000 because of the way people walked across it. The £18m Thames crossing was famously closed after just two days as police were concerned about how much it swayed. This clip was first published on BBC News Online on 17 December 2008. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Design and Technology

       Topic:

    Engineering

  • Keywords: movement, instability, bridges, safety, investigation, evidence
Ideas for use in class
  • To illustrate the importance of testing and structural analysis of prototypes. As an introduction to the civil engineering sector.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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