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TfL and the Garden Bridge saga

10 May 2019


Some of the most controversial decisions made during the Garden Bridge project process include:


  • The decision by the Trust to sign a construction contract prematurely with Bouygues in February 2016.
  • The decision by Transport for London to release Department for Transport funding to the Trust in January 2016.
  • The decision by TfL to release DfT funding to the Trust to meet outstanding liabilities as the Trust was wound up.


What was the reasoning behind those TfL decisions?

Who made the decision to release the £7 million of public DfT funding?

What conversations took place between the Garden Bridge Trust, the project managers at TfL and the TfL Commissioner?

What conversations took place between the TfL Commissioner and the former Mayor?

What lessons have TfL learned?

Could the same mistakes be made again?


On Monday, the London Assembly Garden Bridge Working Group will discuss matters arising from the publication of the minutes of the Garden Bridge Trust and other materials.  The guests are:


  • Mike Brown, TfL Commissioner
  • Andy Brown, Head of Corporate Services, TfL
  • Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, TfL


The meeting will take place on Monday, 13th May from 10.00am in Committee Room 5, at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).


Media and members of the public are invited to attend.


The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.


Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the discussion using #GardenBridge

Notes to editors

  1. Full agenda papers.
  2. Tom Copley AM, Chair of the Garden Bridge Working Group, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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