– Joanna Lumley, actress
What wonderful news.
This bridge will benefit everyone who knows and loves London, from the seasoned commuter to the first time visitor, reminding us that without the river Thames the city would not be here.
I am so very grateful that the Chancellor has been so generous; it's the best Christmas present in the world.
The Government has given its support to a new garden bridge across the Thames. The tree-lined crossing will link Temple tube station with the the headquarters of ITV on the South Bank and is expected to open in 2017.
Joanna Lumley came up with the idea of a dual role bridge/garden 15 years ago. It will cost around £150 million. The Government will give £30 million of support.
Lumley and Absolutely Fabulous co-star Jennifer Saunders shared torch-carrying duties as it passed through Sloane Square.
The pair smiled and waved to the hundreds of spectators who lined the route to cheer them on, as they completed the leg in a quick walk.
Former Absolutely Fabulous stars Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders carry the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Lambeth and Kensington and Chelsea.