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How was the Garden Bridge Trust able to spend £46m on a non-existent bridge?

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Its funny how the construction contract was signed in January 2016 (without the GBT owning the site etc etc) exposing taxpayers to a further £19m cost at a time when the mayoral campaigns were in full swing. Sadiq Kahn was ahead in the polls and was published in the Evening Standard a few months before as stating that he would scrap the Garden Bridge in favour of pedestrianising Oxford Street. Its even stranger that the outgoing Mayor then signed a direction permitting the draw down of the additional (premature?) money before he left office. Call me a cynic but it seems that if an organisation was determined to get a project to the point of no return, or as close to it as possible, and had limited scruples about the potential exposure of public funds then that timing would have been deliberate. Did Boris Johnson ever answer Tom Copleys question about this?

Posted date

30 April, 2018

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10:29 am

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