Garden Bridge (1)

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Why was it decided to contribute £60m to the construction of the Garden Bridge without gaining a 24 hour public right of way?


Answer for Garden Bridge (1)

Answer for Garden Bridge (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Garden Bridge has an extremely positive business case and will directly support policies in my Transport Strategy for making London a more walkable and liveable city and support the economic development of London. I have asked TfL to contribute £30 million to the proposed project on the basis that this contribution will help leverage a large amount of other funding sources to deliver the project. The Government has matched this contribution with £30 million of their own for the same reasons. 

The Garden Bridge will be a new crossing of the Thames and a new open space for Central London. It will provide the benefits of a bridge with those of a Garden or Park. Through discussion with the two local authorities, the planning application for the Garden Bridge assumes it will open between 6am and 12 midnight. This covers the times when the demand for movement across the river is greatest and outside of these hours the likely number of expected users will fall considerably. 

Opening hours will be kept under review, and the potential for longer opening hours will be explored if there is a strong demand to use the bridge at night and in agreement with both local authorities.