Ramblers Central Office made the following press release on the 7th of April 2017. The Hodge Report into the public funding of the Garden Bridge can be seen here - https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/garden_bridge_review_0.pdf.
Inner London Ramblers welcomes report calling for no more public money for Garden Bridge
The conclusions of Margaret Hodge’s report into the Garden Bridge released today (7 April 2017) have been welcomed by the Inner London Ramblers. The group are now urging the Mayor to withdraw his own and Transport for London’s (TfL) support for the project.
Inner London Ramblers opposes the plans for the Garden Bridge due to the disruption it will cause for people using the Thames Path and open green spaces on both sides of the river.
The organisation, which is part of the Ramblers, believes there are more worthwhile opportunities to invest public money that would generate the proposed benefits of the Garden Bridge.
Last summer, the Inner London Ramblers presented TfL with its wish list for improvements to the strategic footpath network across the city. 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.
Vice chair of Inner London Ramblers, Phil Marson said: "Plans for this bridge represent a waste of public 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.
“Rather than providing more resources and guarantees to another private tourist attraction in central London, we’d like the Mayor and TfL to work with us, and other organisations, to improve conditions for people accessing the city on foot, for all Londoners and visitors alike.”