It'll Take A Miracle For The Garden Bridge To Happen Now

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It'll Take A Miracle For The Garden Bridge To Happen Now

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has scrapped plans for the Garden Bridge which was due to be built across the Thames, according to The Guardian.

Khan made the decision, saying that he couldn't provide the financial guarantees needed to get the project off the ground. Although the mayor doesn't have the power to completely stop the bridge going ahead, it's unlikely to receive adequate funding without his backing. It was revealed last year that a further £52m was needed to fund the bridge, despite receiving sponsorship from the likes of Sky.

Khan previously caused delays to the project in 2016 when he implemented the condition that no more public money should be spent on the bridge.

The bridge is famously supported by Joanna Lumley, and was due to be designed by Thomas Heatherwick, responsible for the 2012 Olympic cauldron, and the new Routemaster buses. It has caused controversy throughout the planning period, due to the amount of public money being spent on it, the fact that it would be closed for private functions on a semi-regular basis, and the need to cut down several mature trees on South Bank (above) in order to construct it.

Last Updated 28 April 2017