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Garden bridge 'best Christmas present in the world'

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.

– Joanna Lumley, actress

Government pledge of £30m for Thames garden bridge

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.

The Garden Bridge, inspired by actress Joanna Lumley

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.