Garden Bridge’s escalating costs ‘galling’ – Tom Copley AM

February 13th, 2019

Responding to Transport for London’s publication of the detailed final cost of the Garden Bridge project, Labour London Assembly Member, Tom Copley AM, said:

“It’s galling to see the costs of Boris’ botched Bridge continuing to escalate for London’s taxpayers. David Cameron needs to answer why, in his eagerness to see Boris Johnson’s scheme go through, he intervened to overrule the advice of senior civil servants in order to extend the underwriting for the Bridge.

“There’s a deep sense of unfairness about this whole ordeal – we have a QC stating that the Garden Bridge trustees may have breached their legal duties, which begs the question of whether morally, if not legally, the bill should land at their feet and not taxpayers’.

“While this is government money, our London Assembly investigation into TfL’s role in this project is very much ongoing. We’ll be asking why TfL officials failed to veto additional funds when it was so plainly obvious that the Garden Bridge was flailing.”

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Notes

  • Tom Copley is a Londonwide Assembly Member.