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Garden Bridge enabling works halted

Garden bridge

Enabling works on the Thames Garden Bridge have been suspended amid funding concerns.

London Underground is carrying out preparatory works at Temple tube station in London, so that the north bank of the bridge can land on the top of the station. These works include roof strengthening, a new lift shaft, foundation works and cabling diversion.

A spokesperson for the mayor of London said: “The previous mayor first approved plans for enabling work to prepare Temple tube station for the arrival of the Garden Bridge two years ago in the summer of 2014, but final authorisation was only provided in March this year, two months before the mayoral election.

“This enabling work has since been suspended and that was reported to the Finance and Policy Committee last week. Sadiq Khan has been clear that no new public funds should be committed to the Garden Bridge and he has pledged to make the project more open and transparent – standards that were not always met under the previous administration.”

However, the Garden Bridge Trust said that it had not asked for any additional public funds for the work.

“The Trust has signed a costs agreement with LUL [London Underground Ltd]. This requires the Trust to meet the costs against an agreed payment schedule which will be funded by the Trust’s overall project costs. There is no requirement for extra public funds for this work,” said the Garden Bridge Trust in a statement.

Construction work on the bridge has not yet begun.

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