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Garden Bridge

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:02 pm on 7th September 2016.

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Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport) 7:02 pm, 7th September 2016

I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. The hon. Member for Vauxhall said that 29 trees would be removed, but the Garden Bridge Trust would argue that they would be more than replaced by the increased number of trees that would be part of the planting.

I am aware that many concerns have been raised about the bridge, and who would be able to use it and when, so let me clarify some points. While the bridge will principally be a footbridge, it will be open to all, although cyclists will be asked to dismount when crossing it. That is consistent with other footpaths in this area, such as those along the South Bank, and is simply to ensure the safety of pedestrians.