Travel alert: London’s Big Ben to be shut

Travel alert: London’s Big Ben to be shut

Sounds of silence. Officials say the chimes of Britain’s Big Ben bell will fall silent for several months during a three-year restoration of Parliament’s crumbling clock tower. The work — due to begin in January 2017 and cost 29 million pounds ($42 million)– is the biggest repair job on the tower in decades. It will include work to stop water seepage that threatens to crumble the stonework on the iconic 160-year-old structure.

The huge clock will be stopped for as long as four months, and the giant Big Ben bell will cease to sound the hours for another stretch of the project.

Steve Jaggs, Parliament’s Keeper of the Great Clock, promised that the bongs of Big Ben will still ring in the New Year throughout the renovation.

Source: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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