Thames Garden Bridge – Pros and Cons?

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What are your views on Joanna Lumley’s £150m garden bridge idea which is set to get the go ahead?

Below are a few pro’s and con’s that i have put together from various sources online:

Visualisation of the view at night
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Pro’s:
– plants and flowers – so that makes it ‘green’
– It will attract visitors to London and boost local economy
– A place to relax amongst the urban surroundings
– Another crossing for pedestrians in the area
– the construction will bring work to local tug and boat operators

Con’s
– Part of the costs , Millions coming from tax payers money , money better spent elsewhere
– The bridge supports restrict the size of the navigation channel making it more dangerous
– Classed as a ‘vanity’ act for Boris Johnson
– South bank already has trees and grass, some of it would have to be removed to build the bridge
– Not in the right place , Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges in close proximity as river crossings
– Costs to maintain the bridge and plants
– Trees could uproot in strong winds and fall from the bridge some say
– There are already areas of green locally
Post your views below

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4 thoughts on “Thames Garden Bridge – Pros and Cons?

    OwainPJ said:
    November 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Anything that enhances the river frontage and engages more people with the river is a great thing – I believe that there were studies around need/location before this proposal was developed, so someone has looked in details as to whether it is in the right place – in terms of cost government infrastructure expenditure should help jobs – compared to the Victorians we do almost nothing in terms of enhancing the social aspects of architecture and environment which is an important aspect that in reality only the government can do (nobody even builds play areas in new developments any more compared to the great parks that the Victorians built, because the developers want to maximise profit, indeed even removing playing fields to build houses) – the whole environment around the river is something we still do not make nearly enough of in London so this is in principle good – finally, if not this then what else and where ?

      Liquid Highway responded:
      November 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      I agree in the sense that anything to promote the river is positive to a certain extent, although i am very passionate that we should keep our river history of warehouses , docks and the proud history it has rather than replace it with more flats and skyscrapers but thats another story.

      What about the restriction to the channel for tugs and increase in river traffic over the coming years. Also cost to taxpayers and so on , all need to be taken into consideration. Perhaps another crossing further down river for cars would benifit more for the already clogged blackwall tunnel etc.

    Keith Norfolk said:
    December 3, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    We don’t need £150m spending on a pointless bridge, we need it spending on affordable housing.

    skeinsy said:
    December 6, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I agree with Keith Im sure this money could be better spent, a garden bridge is a lovely idea but surely housing is a greater priority

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