Traffic Chaos As Police Talk Down A Man Who Climbed The Sydney Harbour Bridge [Updated]

Police, rescue squads and emergency services have shut down two northbound lanes and one southbound lane as they attempt to speak with a man who has climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge this morning.

According to AAP reports, the man left a bicycle in the middle of the road at 4:30am AEST this morning, and has been up there ever since.

The remaining open southbound lanes on the bridge have been restricted to 40km/h, but drivers have been advised to avoid the bridge entirely if possible - using the Sydney Harbour Tunnel or Victoria Road and the Gladesville Bridge.

Buses travelling across the bridge are experiencing 30 minute delays.

Trains have not been affected.

The man is sitting on one of the metal pylons, and emergency services have a stretcher ready as police try to talk him down.

It is still unclear as to why the man climbed the bridge.

Update 10:10am: Police have confirmed the man is safe, and in custody.

All lanes have been re-opened, but traffic delays are still pretty intense, so it's best to steer clear.

If you struggle with suicidal thoughts, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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