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Lords brand Heatherwick's garden bridge 'BoJo vanity project'

The government’s pledge to stump up £30m towards the cost of Thomas Heatherwick’s proposed Garden Bridge across the Thames has, it seems, not been well received in the other ‘House’.

In a debate late last week in the House of Lords Labour peer Lord Davies described the £150 million, tree-festooned bridge as ‘…an expensive piece of public art; a vanity project of the mayor…’

Lord Lloyd of Berwick also joined in the attack on the 370m-long structure: ‘Why waste £30 million of public money on creating a so-called garden bridge?,’ he said.

‘There are gardens all along the embankment from the Inner Temple garden to Westminster where trees are growing,’ added the Lord.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom though. Speaking on behalf of the government Lord Deighton said the structure, which would span from Temple Station on the north bank to Queen’s Walk on the south, would be ‘a great showcase for UK expertise’ and become a ‘great visitor attraction.’

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