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Tuesday, July 6, 1999 Published at 18:04 GMT 19:04 UK


Millennium Wheel a hub of activity

Welding the sections together will take until August

Construction work on the latest addition to London's skyline is continuing to roll forward on the River Thames.

Passers-by took a break from their daily routine on Tuesday to watch as the last piece of the huge steel rim of the Millennium Wheel was winched onto supports standing on the river bed.

The 155-ton section is the final quarter of the giant ride, which will soar almost 450ft above the river in January, making it London's fourth-highest construction.

A project spokeswoman said the four pieces, which have all been shipped in from Rotterdam, will now be checked and welded together before the £20m construction is hoisted into place in August.

The wheel will then be joined by 32 pod-like capsules which will be attached one by one in time for the opening at the New Year, she said.

When the wheel opens it will give visitors a 30-minute ride and a 25-mile view of the city.

"It is all going to schedule and should be open on time," the spokeswoman added.

[ image: British Airways has given the project cash backing]
British Airways has given the project cash backing

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