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London's Big Ben goes silent for four years

London's Big Ben goes silent for four years

The massive bell will mark the hour for the last time at noon on August 21 and then pause for four years while the Elizabeth Tower, which houses the Great Clock and the Great Bell, aka Big Ben, is restored. The Elizabeth Tower, home to the Great Clock and Big Ben, is now undergoing a complex programme of renovation work that will safeguard it for future generations.

If you're in London next Monday you may want to accept Jaggs' invitation to gather in Parliament Square "to hear Big Ben's final bongs until they return in 2021".

But Mr Brake said MPs did not know the full extent of the shutdown when they agreed the fix plans.

The statement added: "Constant proximity and prolonged exposure to the chimes would pose a serious risk to the hearing of those working on the scaffolding or in the Tower".

A fixture of the London landscape and soundscape, Big Ben, is falling silent for four years.

Her comments came as MPs backtracked on the decision to silence the bells - claiming they did not know it would not ring for four years when they signed off the work. There's hardly a health and safety argument - it's replacing the bell. There's a rude phrase which I will shorten to "just get on with it". When I was in business, it was my standard line.

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Mr Gray, who sat on the administration committee which first approved the work, said there was never any indication it would mean Big Ben being out of action for so long. In addition, it is vital for workers to be able to communicate with one another on site, or to raise an alarm should the necessity arise. The only way to ensure people's safety is to temporarily stop the Bell.

Big Ben's bongs are an integral part of parliamentary life and we will ensure that they can resume their role as the nation's timekeeper as soon as possible.

The bell will still ring for important national events such as New Year's Eve and Remembrance Sunday. The concentrated noise level would be lower but the sound of the bells would continue.

Similar to workers who carry out road maintenance and upgrades to the Tube, builders could work at night to ensure minimal disruption to the bell-ringing.

"I haven't seen the details, but I can't understand why". This work on the Great Clock is expected to take around 2 years.

"The Blitz could not silence Big Ben, but the Little Hitlers of elf'n'safety have succeeded where the Fuhrer failed", the Daily Mail's Richard Littlejohn writes.


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