Garden Bridge (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3157
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Did you ask your officers to raise gaining a 24 hour public right of way with the Garden Trust as a pre-requisite for money being allocated from your transport budget?

Answer

Answer for Garden Bridge (2)

Answer for Garden Bridge (2)

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. It will provide the benefits of a bridge with those of a garden or park. 

Many parks and gardens in London close when it is dark and the intention with the Garden Bridge is to keep it open to coincide with the greatest demand for use.  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.

Running and maintenance decisions will be a matter for the Garden Bridge Trust, but I understand opening hours will be kept under review. The potential for longer opening hours could be considered if there is a strong demand to use the bridge at night and in agreement with both local authorities.