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Big wheel crane's weight could collapse gardens

posted 12 Jun 2012, 07:21 by Tollcross Junction   [ updated 12 Jun 2012, 07:26 ]

A giant observation wheel planned for the city centre is set to be scrapped amid fears Princes Street Gardens could collapse under the weight of the installation crane.

Engineers believe the ceiling of a vacant basement beneath the gardens would not be strong enough to support the huge machine required to set up the 60-metre Wheel of Edinburgh.

Great City Attractions, the firm behind the wheel, had planned to operate the attraction throughout the summer, with up to 1000 passengers per day paying £8 for a 15-minute ride.