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Millennium bridge

This footbridge between the City and Southwark was the first new crossing in London for more than a century. Like many other high-profile projects to commemorate the Millennium, it had an embarrassing beginning.

It is a 'lateral suspension' bridge, i.e. one without supporting columns. On the day it opened in June 2000, it became clear that the bridge was swaying. It was closed on safety grounds after three days. Nicknamed the 'Wobbly Bridge', it stayed closed until the design flaw was corrected. It reopened in February 2002.