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19 December 2014, 10:55
Final approval has been given for a new £175-million pound bridge over the River Thames in central London.
The 'Garden Bridge' will contain a public space with hundreds of trees and will link Temple to the South Bank.
Construction on it could begin next year.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “The Garden Bridge will provide a fantastic new landmark for London whilst supporting regeneration and economic growth on both sides of the Thames.
"It will create a stunning oasis of tranquility in the heart of our city and boost our plans to encourage walking in the city.’
Lord Mervyn Davies, Chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust, said: “Today’s decision is fantastic news. As well as being London’s newest and most imaginative green space, the Garden Bridge also brings wider benefits, such as reducing pedestrian journey times, creating a new route that avoids busy roads and providing jobs in construction and operations.
"There will also be dedicated education and volunteering opportunities. We are now looking forward to working with people to create a footbridge which adds to the capital's rich and diverse cultural heritage, to become a celebrated part of London's landscape.”