Tube station issue causes Garden Bridge hiccup

New London mayor Sadiq Khan says work at Temple tube station to prepare for the £175m Garden Bridge has been halted over concerns about additions to the £60m of public money committed to the structure.

A Khan representative said: "The previous mayor first approved plans for enabling work to prepare Temple tube station for the arrival of the garden bridge two years ago in the summer of 2014, but final authorisation was only provided in March this year, two months before the mayoral election.

"This enabling work has since been suspended and that will be reported to the finance and policy committee. Sadiq Khan has been clear that no new public funds should be committed to the Garden Bridge and he has pledged to make the project more open and transparent – standards that were not always met under the previous administration."

The Garden Bridge Trust said that London Underground Ltd (LUL) is doing a range of work for the Garden Bridge Trust to enable the Garden Bridge to land on the top of Temple tube station on the Northbank.

It added: "The Trust has signed a costs agreement with LUL. This requires the Trust to meet the costs against an agreed payment schedule which will be funded by the Trust’s overall project costs. There is no requirement for extra public funds for this work.

"Construction work has not been halted because it has not yet begun. The Garden Bridge Trust is now focussing on all required planning and land matters ahead of starting full construction. This includes concluding land deals with Coin Street Community Builders and on the Northbank with Westminster City Council. It is hoped these will be concluded by the end of July.

"The Garden Bridge Trust is also focussing on discharging the outstanding planning conditions in Lambeth and Westminster, discharging obligations within Section 106 agreements and finalising the sequencing of river works.

"Once all planning and property matters have been resolved the next phase of the London Underground work will commence and construction will begin."

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