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 Tuesday, May 19, 2015

50 reasons why the Garden Bridge will be excellent

1) It'll be both a garden and a bridge.
2) It'll have plants and trees where currently there aren't any.
3) It'll won't have any nasty cars on it.
4) It could be open by the summer of 2018.
5) People will fall back in love with travelling by foot, solely because of it.
6) Imagine a morning commute through a peaceful garden.
7) Unlike the Dartford Bridge, it'll be free to cross.
8) Some nice trees are definitely prettier than St Paul's Cathedral.
9) If you come first thing in the morning, it won't be too crowded.
10) If you come too early in the morning, it won't be open.
11) They've made room on both banks for queueing, which is forward planning.
12) It'll improve views of the new apartment blocks on the South Bank.
13) Thank goodness picnics will be banned - horrible impromptu things.
14) It'll look prettier than the test borehole that's there at the moment.
15) What central London needs is an ecologically sustainable corridor.
16) It'll improve air quality in the middle of the Thames where it's most needed.
17) More trees will be planted on the bridge than will be cut down to make way for it.
18) Our friends in the corporate sector are helping to pay for it.
19) It'll be even more iconic than the cablecar.
20) It'll win awards, Heatherwicks always do.
21) It's not like East London needs a bridge instead.
22) It's not like West London needs a bridge instead.
23) It'll only be closed for fundraising on twelve days a year.
24) If you have the cash, you'll be able to hire it for your company's do.
25) It'll have security guards everywhere, so crime will be minimal.
26) There'll be no trains at Temple for months while they rebuild the place.
27) Afterwards, they can rename Temple station 'Garden Bridge'.
28) The soil will go down inches, so several species of tree might survive.
29) It'll be closed overnight, which'll keep undesirables out.
30) In this age of austerity, people need bread and circuses.
31) Cyclists have plenty of other bridges they can use, some of them even safe.
32) It'll bring more much-needed tourists to the South Bank.
33) Absolutely everybody wants it, apart from those with a hatred of beauty.
34) Joanna Lumley wants it, and she was in Absolutely Fabulous.
35) Nobody looks lovingly at St Paul's any more, so the view won't be missed.
36) The bridge'll be named after a sponsor, because that's cool.
37) They could sponsor the tube station too if they liked.
38) It'll be a model for all future pseudo-public infrastructure projects.
39) Where are London's bees going to go otherwise?
40) On the South Bank, access will be via a new commercial building.
41) They could put a coffee stall at the other end, ideally several.
42) You can picture a 007 action scene on it even now, can't you?
43) You'll be able to take photos with only a few dozen other people in.
44) TfL'd only waste the £30 million on public transport otherwise.
45) The podium will host exciting branded events every summer weekend.
46) When the big crowds come, it's not like the flowerbeds will get in the way.
47) We can flog the 'Garden Bridge' concept to cities worldwide.
48) This is about how we want the London of the future to be.
49) It'll be a private garden. On a bridge.
50) It'll be a private bridge. With a private garden.

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