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The Millennium Bridge has reopened to the public, after a £5m repair programme.

The £18.2m bridge swayed under the weight of thousands of pedestrians when it first opened in June 2000.

After just three days the bridge's operators had to close the 320-metre long structure, which crosses the River Thames between St Paul's Cathedral and the Tate Modern.

A series of shock absorbers has been installed to reduce the movement.

As a result of what we have done here footbridges all over the world will be designed in a different way.

One of the first people to cross the bridge on Friday said: "There are no problems at all, it is completely rigid today."

Engineers wrestled for months with the problem before submitting their solution in September 2000.

In February 2001, the Millennium Bridge Trust announced that it had raised the £5m needed to carry out the necessary modifications to the bridge.

The remedial work started in May 2001.

The modifications involved installing a series of dampers mostly underneath the bridge deck.

The overall design is not compromised.

The work was completed in January this year, after which a series of tests was carried out to ensure that the problem was solved.

The bridge was fitted with "shock absorbers"

The Corporation of London officially took over ownership of the bridge from one 0001 GMT on Friday.

The Millennium Bridge is London's first dedicated pedestrian bridge.

It is also the first new river crossing in central London for more than 100 years, since Tower Bridge was opened in 1894.

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