London’s garden bridge set to ‘green’ River Thames

By Efrosini Costa

London’s garden bridge set to ‘green’ River Thames
London's River Thames is going green with the construction of a 370m garden bridge.

The brainchild of British actress, Joanna Lumley, the proposed bridge is set to revoloutionise the way people travel through the iconic city.

Spanning across a section of the famous River Thames the bridge will be covered in trees, grasses and wild flowers, indigenous to the area, arranged by UK TV gardener Dan Pearson.

It is hoped the new transport connection will switch locals out of their cars and on to their feet, as well as increase tourism to London, by creating a walking route from Southbank to Covent Garden and Soho – connecting north and south London.

The Garden Bridge has been designed by London 2012 Olympic cauldron creator Thomas Heatherwick.

But not everyone is excited about the project.

While the British government has pledged 30 million pounds towards the bridge, the opposition says the project is simply a “very expensive piece of public art”.

One critic went so far as to describe the development as a “vanity project” of London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson.

Lumley said the garden would be “sensational in every way – a place with no noise or traffic where the only sounds will be birdsong and bees buzzing and the wind in the trees, and below the steady rush of water”.

She added: “It will also be a safe and swift way for the weary commuter to make his way back over the Thames.”

Work on the 1,214 foot long (370m) pedestrian crossing will commence next year with the bridge expected to be open by 2017.

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