Garden Bridge

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3413
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Did you personally request that Transport for London help with the feasibility and planning of the Garden Bridge, even though the £4m cost to TfL may not be recoverable?

Answer

Answer for Garden Bridge

Answer for Garden Bridge

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have made a formal direction to TfL to undertake work on progressing the planning and feasibility of a new Garden Bridge across the Thames in Central London. I did this because a new footbridge and open space in this location would help deliver my policies in relation to making and supporting the ongoing economic developments of London, as well as promoting walking by linking important London attractions. I consider an investment of £4 million to deliver a major piece of public infrastructure to be excellent value for the public purse.

TfL has specialist expertise in relation to the planning and development of major projects and this initial work is being done on the basis the bridge will be funded and delivered by a new charity, the Garden Bridge Trust. A small investment of public funding to help deliver a substantial piece of infrastructure in Central London, which will have substantial benefits for London, represents excellent value for the public sector.