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Londoners show huge support for the Garden Bridge

, PRESS RELEASE

Londoners have shown huge support for the Garden Bridge in London, according to latest research conducted this month by ComRes. Over three quarters of Londoners support the Bridge being built (78%) with support in Westminster and Lambeth, where the Bridge crosses the Thames at 77%.

The Bridge, which will be open all year round, joins London’s lively South Bank to Temple underground station and beyond into the heart of vibrant Covent Garden. It will be a new, free public garden in the centre of London, somewhere to linger and admire the city and river, but providing real benefits for London’s pedestrians, improving transport connections and reducing pressure on busy underground stations.

Young people lead the support with 81% of 18-24 year olds supporting the bridge, and 86% saying this amongst 18-24 year olds in Lambeth and Westminster. Over half (53%) of young people in the two boroughs think that London needs more green spaces.

Bee Emmott, Executive Director of the Garden Bridge Trust said: “It is very encouraging to see high levels of support across London for such an innovative project which will improve the environment for Londoners. Local residents of Lambeth and Westminster and Londoners in general can see the benefits of a pedestrian footbridge with green space which will become a much loved London landmark.” 

Katharine Peacock, Managing Director of ComRes, said: “There is clearly widespread support across London for the Garden Bridge project. Tapping into many of Londoners’ priorities – increasing pedestrian-friendly and green areas, as well as providing accessibility for wheelchair users and connectivity with public transport – residents of Westminster and Lambeth are particularly supportive of the development.”

Access for wheelchair users is seen as the most important feature for a new footbridge in central London by Londoners in general (46%) and those in Westminster and Lambeth specifically (59%). The Garden Bridge will be fully accessible. There is step-free access from both landings, across the bridge and to all of the internal gardens, balconies and staff facilities. This includes wheelchair accessible routes and public toilet facilities. 

The vast majority of Westminster and Lambeth residents think that the public sector should play a role in funding a new green space in London (77% say London-wide government should be involved, 70% boroughs and 58% central government). Less than half (46%) think that the private sector should have some responsibility. 

“The majority of the funds (65%) to build the Garden Bridge will be raised privately from foundations and trusts, businesses and philanthropists, individuals and families - all wanting to help deliver this fantastic new space for Londoners to use.  This will be the only Bridge in Britain to receive this unprecedented level of private funding and we are incredibly grateful to all our donors who are funding the building of the bridge and the annual maintenance of the bridge,” added Emmott. 

Notes to Editors:

ComRes interviewed 1,003 adults living in the London boroughs of Westminster and Lambeth by telephone between 7th and 12th July 2015, and 1,034 London adults online between 9th and 14th July 2015. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules, and was commissioned to do this research by the Garden Bridge Trust to understand public attitudes to the Bridge. 

Data tables are available on the ComRes website: http://comres.co.uk/polls/garden-bridge-trust-survey/ 

For further information contact Fran Edwards, Press Office, Garden Bridge Trust:

E: fran.edwards@gardenbridge.london 

T: +44 2072579437 M: +44 (0)7786 437249