Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced his intention to abandon plans to build a picturesque garden-themed bridge across the Thames in favour of one built from a cheaper, more practical material.
The announcement follows the publication of a report last month by Margaret Hodge MP which predicted the overall cost of the Garden Bridge to be in excess of £200m.
Speaking to press Mr Khan explained, “Like most projects given the go-ahead by my predecessor Boris Johnson, more thought was given to the grandiose spectacle of the finished project than the overall cost.
“And the cost of the Garden Bridge has rocketed quicker than Boris’s heartbeat when anyone mentioned the possibility of him being Prime Minister.”
He continued, “Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to build a bridge across the Thames with some greenery on it, but unless one of those trees happens to grow money then it can’t be done.
“With that in mind, it is my intention to build the new bridge out of Lego.
“You can get bags of second-hand Lego bricks on eBay for a few quid each. And because they are plastic they will be easy to clean and won’t rust. People want to see a landmark they will remember and a colourful Lego bridge will be just what London needs.”
It is understood that a recruitment drive has already begun in primary schools across London to appeal for children willing to start their construction careers at a young age and who might be happy for their salaries to be paid in sweets.