Garden Bridge (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0861
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given the large scale public funding of the Garden Bridge, how do you account for your failure to obtain additional cycle tracks as part of the structure of the bridge, or to guarantee a 24 hour public 'right of way' for pedestrians?

Answer

Answer for Garden Bridge (2)

Answer for Garden Bridge (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The planning permission for the Garden Bridge from Westminster City Council requires the Garden Bridge Trust to maintain public access to the bridge between 6am and midnight (except at times of routine maintenance or when the bridge is closed for events as defined in the approved Operation and Management Plan).  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. 

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

I understand that, given the planned volume of pedestrians using the bridge and the design constraints, it has not been possible for the Garden Bridge Trust to integrate dedicated facilities for cyclists to ride over the bridge.  As with the Millennium Bridge, it will of course be possible for cyclists to dismount and push their cycles over the Garden Bridge. It should also be noted that planned improvements for cyclists on the adjacent Blackfriars Bridge will deliver major benefits.