Bascules are the movable sections of road on the bridge that can be raised and lowered using counterweights. According to the Tower Bridge tourism website, the bridge opens about 800 times a year.
The technical fault caused long lines of traffic across the city, with pedestrians having to find other ways to get across the river. The City of London police urged people to avoid the area.
Spanning the River Thames, the 787-foot-long landmark was completed in 1894. Once powered by steam, the hydraulic bascules have been driven by oil and electricity since 1976.
The bridge also became stuck in August 2020, with the official bridge Twitter account blaming “mechanical failure.”
Tower Bridge is a popular tourist attraction, and visitors can stroll along the walkways connecting the two towers.
The walkways were originally public, but they closed in 1910. They reopened in the 1980s as an exhibition space.