Sadiq Khan: I’d scrap Garden Bridge plan if elected London Mayor
1 October 2015, Blog
Sadiq Khan, Labour’s London mayoral candidate, says he would scrap the Garden Bridge project if elected to City Hall. He argues that the proposed Thames crossing “no longer represents value for money”, as £60 million of public funding is required.
Khan’s decision came as Labour-run Lambeth Council put negotiations over the land required for the Bridge on hold. Lambeth leader Lib Peck said in a letter to the Mayor that she would reconsider the town hall’s position if different options for funding the project from private sources were put forward.
The Council’s decision is a blow for the project’s supporters, led by actress Joanna Lumley. Boris Johnson slammed the decision as “a shameful exercise in political posturing“. However, he has “no doubt” the Bridge will be built, as planning consent has already been granted. Johnson went on to say that “the Garden Bridge will be an iconic addition to London’s skyline and a driver of jobs and growth in the area”.
Khan says he would put the money towards transforming Oxford Street into a pedestrianised tree-lined boulevard instead. On the other hand, Conservative London mayoral candidate and Khan’s potential rival Zac Goldsmith has been supportive of the Bridge, suggesting the battle for its survival could continue for months.