The Big Ben may not remain silent for long four years as reported earlier due to refurbishing project. Members of Parliament have called for a review to it and whether it can chime more frequently than earlier announced.
The officials of maintenance project have been asked to take one another look at the cost of repairing and other refurbishing work and also the practical implications of ringing of the giant bell at the centre of the Elizabeth Tower’s Great Clock.
The earlier announcement pointed out the chiming will be possible only on special occasions like the New Year’s Eve during the refurbishing work in the span of four years.
According to Brexit Secretary David Davis the un-chiming of the bell for four long years period is “mad.”
The House of Commons director general, Ian Ailles, has been asked by Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake to carry out a review of the plans and when the work was signed off most of the MPs were unaware about the project.
Brake said, “I have asked whether someone can do some work working out what the costings and the practicality of ringing them more frequently would be.”
Big Ben was constructed in 1859 and since then it has stopped several times. However, the maintenance work this time will be the longest. It has 13-foot pendulum.
Big Ben is one of the most famous landmarks of London and the structure is named after Queen Elizabeth II. During World War II it survived German bombing, but one side of the clock face was blown out.