Sydney commuters were thrown into chaos this morning after a man illegally climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Police were forced to close two northbound lanes and one southbound, with the ordeal slowing traffic up to 15km in both directions. Buses were delayed by 90 minutes and southbound commuters were diverted to trains.
At 4:23am police were notified by the Sydney Harbour Bridge CCTV room that a man had abandoned his bicycle and scaled the bridge’s beams. Shortly after, emergency services and police negotiators arrived at the scene. The man, believed to be in his 40s, stayed on the bridge for close to five hours.
Commuters took to social media to vent their frustrations.
When it’s your first day heading to work in the Sydney office and they close the Sydney Harbour Bridge. #2hrcommute#late
Traffic congestion started to ease after the man was brought down from the bridge and taken into police custody. He was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a stable condition.
Thanks to everyone who has been inconvenienced by today’s on-going operation on the Sydney Harbour Bridge – we are working to resolve the situation peacefully & appreciate your patience & understanding.