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The Millennium Bridge Verulam quoted some of Francis Walley's reminiscences of some earlier bridge tests (3 October 2OOO) but clearly did not get things quite right. Dr Walley, writing from Coulsdon, Surrey, has sent the more accurate version: In view of the interest of in-step and out-of-step may I go back over 40 years when the suspension bridge in St James' Park was replaced. With the slenderness achieved in the present one it was clear that frequency was to be the dominant criterion; it was also considered undesirable that a pedestrian at rest should be perturbed by the passage of other pedestrians, and the design of the structure took both these factors into account.
Access to the Wheel is catered for by public transport systems such as the tube, but, in line with the overall plan for London, river access is also provided via the new Waterloo Pier. This takes the form of a 1OOm-long floating pontoon connected to Queen's Walk by two bridges, each consisting of a short, fixed length linked into an articulated brow. The brows act as twin radial arm struts restraining the pontoon laterally while cables supported on floating booms provide longitudinal restraint. Visual design of the pontoon and bridges was developed to match the architectural style of the Eye. T. Beckett
While the London Eye steel structure dominates the skyline, its foundations are buried below ground, giving visitors no impression of the engineering challenges faced during construction. This paper gives a description of the foundation design and addresses some of the key site issues encountered. G. Nicholson