Wednesday 19 November 2014 8:54 pm

Garden bridge set for 7.1m visitors per year

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Park-over-the-river lays out restrictions

THOSE who had envisaged long afternoons languishing amid the vegetation on Thomas Heatherwick’s £175m Garden Bridge may be in for an unpleasant surprise: it turns out that the bridge will be a privately managed tourist attraction, requiring large groups to book in advance.

The bridge, supported very vocally by Joanna Lumley, who described it as a “tiara on the head of our fabulous city”, was given the go-ahead by planners in Lambeth this month. When completed it will link Temple with the South Bank.

It will be able to hold 2,500 people at a time, and is expected to attract 7.1m visitors a year, with peak crowds of 30,000 on a Saturday and 27,000 on weekdays.