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Tumbling tourists add to Santiago Calatrava's Venice bridge woes

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First it was long delays, angry heritage campaigners, and locals disgruntled over poor disabled access. But now injured tourists have heaped scorn on Santiago Calatrava’s new bridge in Venice.

The 94m-long Constitution Bridge opened to little fanfare on 11 September and has been dogged by problems since its inception, with costly delays, lack of disabled access and even its glass and steel design being called into question.

It is understood that 10 tourists have now been taken to casualty with twisted ankles and other minor injuries because they have lost their footing crossing the new bridge.

The injured pedestrians have blamed the bridge’s irregular steps and the different coloured glass and stone flooring for their mishaps.

A council spokesman told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that it would try to remedy the bridge’s flaws.

‘We’ll intervene with some sort of signalling system for distracted tourists with stickers on the ground,’ he said.

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