Call for submissions on Garden Bridge funding

The National Audit Office has put out a call for evidence for its investigation into the Department for Transport's funding of the Garden Bridge project.

NAO investigating Garden Bridge public funding. Image: Pixabay
NAO investigating Garden Bridge public funding. Image: Pixabay

Last year the NAO confirmed it would be conducting an investigation into the rationale for then-Chancellor George Osborne committing £30m of public funding to the Garden Bridge project through the Department of Transport.

It has now said it intends to "carry out a factual investigation looking at the Department for Transport's handling of its £30 million grant to the Thames Garden Bridge project. It will not look to conclude upon the value for money of the project as a whole."

Of the £60m of public funding committed to the project, £30m is to come from the Department of Transport and £30m from Transport for London (TfL). However TfL has decided £20m of that funding will be treated as a loan and must be paid back.

Anyone who wishes to provide evidence for the NAO's investigation should email the study team at The investigation is scheduled for the autumn.

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