Garden Bridge target date slips to 2019
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Chair of Garden Bridge Trust: 'It will be iconic'

The chair of the Garden Bridge Trust, Lord Davies, has admitted the project may not open until 2019 - a year later than planned.

The controversial bridge has a gap in funding of around £22 million and still needs to acquire land to build on.

Speaking to BBC Newsnight he insisted the project had "momentum" and that the trust was confident it could raise the outstanding funds.

He admitted the expected cost had risen because of delays and some private investors had dropped out.

The plan is for the bridge to run between Temple Underground Station and the South Bank, and for it to be covered in trees and shrubs.

Speaking to BBC Newsnight he insisted the project had "momentum" and that the trust was confident it could raise the outstanding funds.

"This is an iconic project. It does sum up what's great about Britain."

  • 18 Aug 2016
  • From the section UK