HISTORY In the second half of 19th century there wasa big commercial development in London. They had to build a new bridge
They decided to build a bascule bridge. In 1884, a designsubmitted by SirHorace Jones was approved.
A NEWSThe 12th of January 1953, Time Magazinepublished a story that took place in the TowerBridge. A red bus of two levels was going tocross the bridge when suddenly the basculesbegan to rise. The driver didn’t stop, and hethought that the best idea was to accelerate;they jumped for a little while and finally landedon the other side, fortunately no one was hurt.
CONSTRUCTION Construction started in 1886 and it tookeight years. When the Tower Bridge was built, it wasthe longest bridge of the world.
The bridge has two towers of 65 meters eachone, a total length of 244 meters and a distancebetween towers of 61 meters. The bascules used to work with big steammachines but nowadays they work withelectricity
OPENING The bridge was officially opened on 30 June1894 by the Prince of Wales.
TRAFFICRoad The Tower Bridge is crossed by more than 40,000people everydayRiver The bascules are raised about 1,000 times per year River traffic has priority over the road traffic It is necessary a 24 hours’ notice to open thebridge.
LONDON 2012 OLYMPICSAND PARALYMPICS In June 2012 a set of Olympic rings was suspendedfrom the bridge to mark that there was one monthleft before the start of the games.
CRÈDITS Ana Del Castillo Flores Maria Clara Calvo Llengua Anglesa 4t C