The chimes of Big Ben that have rung out across the British capital for more than 150 years are set to fall silent for “several months” to make “urgent” repairs, British Parliament announced on Tuesday.
Big Ben is one of London’s most famous icons But British officials say that urgent repairs are needed on the Great Clock and the tower that houses Big Ben. It’s not just the tower that’s in desperate need of repair. The entire Palace of Westminster is in need of refurbishment, and lawmakers are examining options that could see them decamp to another site for as many as six years.
But that work won’t begin until the early 2020, and the House of Commons said that repairs to the tower and its clock cannot wait that long. Problems have been identified with the clock hands, mechanism and pendulum, cracks in masonry, leaks, erosion, and severe rusting of metalwork which need to be dealt with immediately to ensure that the clock can continue to work properly. This is a heart-Breaking News for the tourists if you have planned a trip to London for next 2-3 and specially to see the ‘Great Clock’ and hear the chime of Big Ben. Better Luck Next Time !