The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan announced today that he will not guarantee financial backing for the controversial Garden Bridge. This follows Dame Margaret Hodge’s report earlier this month which concluded that the bridge would not represent value for public money.
Clare Wadd, chair of Inner London Ramblers said ‘‘we’re delighted with the Mayor’s decision. This Bridge would have been a huge waste of taxpayers’ money. There are far more cost effective ways to get people walking, such as investing in existing parks and urban green spaces and completing the Thames Path through London.''
“We’ll continue to work with the Mayor and other organisations to improve conditions for people accessing the city on foot.”
Last summer, the Inner London Ramblers presented Transport for London with its wish list for improvements to the strategic footpath network across the city and is now in talks with the new Walking and Cycling Commissioner to make these wishes a reality.
This includes completing the Thames Path, opening up more walking routes around London, improving the London Loop and Capital Ring walks and prioritising the improvement of parks, squares and urban green spaces.