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Estuary airport cost figures are a potential death blow to the Mayor’s plans

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the latest Airports Commission’s inner Thames estuary studies, revealing significantly higher estimated costs for train and road links to the proposed airport than previously suggested by the Mayor, said:

"These latest reports are a potential death blow to the Mayor's dream of creating a massive airport located in the Thames estuary.

Network Rail fines are just the start to delivering a better rail service

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson, commenting on the awarding of £53 million in fines to Network Rail due to its poor punctuality record, said:

"These fines will be considered by most train passengers as long overdue. Hopefully they will force Network Rail to ensure real improvements take place in the punctuality of rail services.

"And in addition to these fines I hope that within just a few months Network Rail is finally fully covered by the Freedom of Information Act. It is vital to ensure that this publicly funded organisation is far more accountable to passengers, taxpayers and the public.

Campaigning against St Margaret's footbridge closure

The Mayor of London has now received a petition with over 600 signatories urging Transport for London to drop its plans to remove an existing footbridge over the busy A316 in Twickenham.

Real action is now needed on looked after children

The Mayor of London has accepted that real action is needed to better safeguard children who go missing from the care of local authorities in response to questions put to him by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group.

Earlier this year Caroline Pidgeon published a report Looked After Children: Missing From Care, based on freedom of information requests made to every London Borough. Her report revealed that across London 931 looked after children went missing from the care of London Boroughs in 2012 and 2013 for at least 24 hours.

In praise of Freedom Of Information legislation

Writing at Liberal Democrat Voice, Caroline Pidgeon defends the Freedom of Information Act and argues for sticking to its principles and extending it to more publicly funded bodies.

One of the most significant constitutional developments of the last Labour Government was the passing of the 2000 Freedom of Information Act, which finally came into force in January 2005. This was legislation which Liberal Democrats had called for over many years.

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