Garden Bridge set to boost London tourist numbers

The number of tourists visiting London each year could be boosted by nearly eight million as a direct result of the planned Garden Bridge, which will stretch across the River Thames.

Graham King, Westminster Council’s head of strategic planning, says footfall across the new 1,214ft pedestrian bridge will be similar to that seen on the Hungerford and Golden Jubilee Bridges. It will cost £150 million to make and is designed by the same person who created the cauldron at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Thomas Heatherwick, reports

The Garden Bridge Trust will care for the structure, and Mr Heatherwick says this means it will be easier to police. Moreover, the bridge will be made of several paths and feature trees and shrubbery. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced that cyclists will be banned from using the bridge, as the sheer number of pedestrians expected on it means there won’t be enough room, reports

Some 94 per cent of people who live outside the capital approve of the new bridge and 88 per cent of residents are happy for it to go ahead too. The new route will provide a link between Westminster and Lambeth and both boroughs are in favour of the project, with the influx of tourists set to boost local economies. 

The project is currently under consideration by the councils involved, so there’s no guarantee it will go ahead just yet.