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Commons report on river crossings is stuck in the 1970s

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on today’s report by the House of Commons Transport Committee on river crossings, said:

“Far from being forward looking this report is based on ideas dating back to the 1970s.

“I think it is bitterly disappointing that the report totally overlooks the need for improved public transport links across the Thames, such as extending the London Overground across the Thames beyond Barking Riverside.

Against Heathrow expansion

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Vince Cable MP speaking at a rally organised by HACAN against expansion at Heathrow on Tuesday 3rd March.

"Given that there are 725,000 people affected by noise from Heathrow – no other airport in Europe comes close to this figure. AND a new runway would mean an additional 150,000 people under the flight path. It is simply unthinkable that a third runway could be built at Heathrow" commented Caroline.

Other key messages from Caroline's speech include:

"Existing capacity in the south east must be used more effectively. In summer 2012, 47% of runway slots at Stansted weren’t used, 51% at Luton, and 12% at Gatwick. Instead of a new runway at Heathrow, we should be prioritising improved rail links to the airports that already have spare capacity. It’s good to see that the line to Stansted will be four-tracked in the not too distant future."

"Even at Heathrow, though it is full, we know the terminals can handle a further 20 million passengers a year. Heathrow could look to shift to more long-haul flights or larger aircraft to increase passengers."

Visiting the new Lee Tunnel

Caroline Pidgeon AM and Stephen Knight AM visited the Lee Tunnel in East London to see first hand the engineering works that have created this tunnel which will take sewage from the River Lee area to Beckton to the sewage treatment works. In time once the proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel is built this will connect to the Lee Tunnel.

Good news for the lungs of London’s children

On National No Smoking Day, Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, has welcomed the decision by Transport for London to install no smoking signs in all of its bus shelters.

Mayor's stubborn water cannon push has wasted public money

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the announcement that the Home Secretary is refusing to give the go-ahead for the use of water cannon in London, said:

“Unlike the Mayor the Home Secretary is showing commonsense on this issue.

“Water cannon runs the risk of injury of innocent people and it will certainly undermine policing by public consent. Yet at the same time it is an ineffective tool to manage serious public disorder situations.

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