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Government funded Garden Bridge against official advice, NAO finds


What a spiffing wheeze by Boris and his chum George - perhaps they could be prevailed upon to personally regurgitate the £22.5m loss to the taxpayers in the event the project expires, bearing in mind that the current trajectory of the £ against other currencies is surely going to further increase the construction costs. And I wonder if the trusty Trustees could be prevailed upon to explain why it would appear to have been public money, rather than any of the private sponsors' committed funding, that's been sunk into the 'pre-construction activity'? Perhaps even more peculiar is the way in which people within the senior management of TfL were enthusiastically supporting the project while senior civil servants within the government knew that it was of dubious transport benefit. The NAO findings are in stark contrast to those of the TfL internal audit, which seems to have been an utter travesty - and some of the TfL management are surely unfit for public office. Whether those of them who have since been recruited by consultancies in the private sector are fit and proper people should be of concern to their employers - some of the most prominent firms in the architectural and engineering design professions. Where does the rot stop?

Posted date

11 October, 2016

Posted time

3:28 pm