London Assembly asks how contractor spent £21m on unbuilt Garden Bridge

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London Assembly probes Thomas Heatherwick bridge debacle that saw more than £40m of taxpayers’ money go up in smoke

A senior Transport for London boss has been asked to explain why the main contractor tasked with delivering Thomas Heatherwick's Garden Bridge was paid almost £21m for “delivering nothing”.

As part of an the London Assembly's inquiry into the failed project, Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon aked TfL head of corporate affairs Andy Brown to detail the reasons why French contractor Bouygues had picked up such a sum for a bridge that never got built.

The French contractor and Italian joint venture partner steelwork firm Cimolai were appointed in May 2015 to the controversial £175m scheme.

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