London’s Garden Bridge Gets Go-Ahead for Construction Next Year

The construction of a Garden Bridge over the River Thames in central London may begin as early as next year after being approved by Mayor Boris Johnson.

Transport for London and the U.K. Treasury have each pledged 30 million pounds ($46 million) of funding, with the remainder of the cost made up of private donations, the mayor’s office said in a statement today. The total cost of the project is estimated to reach 175 million pounds.

The pedestrian bridge, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, will be 366 meters (1,200 feet) long and will connect Temple on the north bank of the Thames to the South Bank. The bridge will include a public space and freely accessible garden as well as 270 trees, and remain open from 6 a.m. to midnight. It’s expected to be crossed 7 million times a year.

“The Garden Bridge will provide a fantastic new landmark for London whilst supporting regeneration and economic growth on both sides of the Thames,” Johnson said in a statement. “It will create a stunning oasis of tranquility in the heart of our city and boost our plans to encourage walking in the city.”

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