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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 understood the hon. Lady’s point. All I can say is that some projects are very complex as they have a mixture of public and private finance, and in some cases, it takes a very long time to get projects out of the development phase and into construction. That is a comment not on the individual project that we are talking about here, but on projects overall.

In conclusion, although I recognise and understand the concerns raised by the hon. Lady and other Members in the House today, the garden bridge is a unique and exciting project. Stephen Pound has asked whether I could be much more euphoric in my language. Well, it is certainly an opportunity to showcase the ambition, creativity and talent that exists in this country. We see it in so many examples, and transport is one area in which we lead the world.