Why were vital documents relating to awarding for design contract for the Garden Bridge destroyed by TfL? - Caroline Pidgeon


Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the internal audit of the procurement design and development services for the Garden Bridge said:


"This audit has sadly not been thorough and forensic.
“While it rightly highlights a number of areas where the process for awarding contracts needs to improve the audit is ultimately incomplete due to TfL destroying vital records.
“It is staggering that despite serious questions about the evaluation scores for the tenders TfL thought there was nothing wrong in destroying vital documentation just before the audit was set to take place.   
“TfL’s claim that the audit has not found any evidence that value for money was not provided is nonsensical when vital documents could not be examined.
“TfL should be providing evidence that value for money was actually delivered. That test has not been met by this audit.” 





Notes to editors:



  1. TfL’’s internal audit of the design and development for the Temple to South Bank Footbridge Project can be seen here:





  2. The audit into the awarding of the design contract for the Garden Bridge was commissioned by Sir Peter Hendy at the request of Caroline Pidgeon.    Sir Peter Hendy’s decision to undertake an audit was not shared by the Mayor of London who refused to support an audit.





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