Traffic chaos as Tower Bridge is STUCK open with drivers and pedestrians urged to find another route

COMMUTERS in the capital face chaos heading home tonight as Tower Bridge is stuck open.

Queues have started to form on either side of the River Thames while the London landmark remains up in the air.

Traffic is being diverted away from the area, and drivers, cyclists and pedestrians have been urged to find alternative routes.

The issue is being blamed on a "technical failure".

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."

Another said: "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. Updates to follow."

Traffic monitor Jambuster added: "A100 Tower Bridge (EC3N) (all directions).

"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."

More to follow…

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