Fears over £ 53m London Backyard Bridge ‘downplayed to make Boris Johnson glad’ | information


The risks of the doomed £ 53million project to build a garden bridge over the Thames were “downplayed”, according to a report, to please Boris Johnson as Mayor of London.

An investigation by the London Assembly, the elected body examining the Mayor, found that Transport for London (TfL) had not raised reasonable concerns about delays and financial mismanagement. The Transportation Department has been “put under significant pressure” by Mr. Johnson’s office to expedite the planning and development of the ambitious system.

The investigation met with particular criticism from the Garden Bridge Trust, the charity that was set up to move the project forward, saying it “ruthlessly” signed a construction contract before securing necessary land on both sides of the land