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Londoners have paid a serious price for Boris Johnson’s folly on water cannon

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, writes for Liberal Democrat Voice on the announcement by the Mayor of London that water cannon purchased by Boris Johnson is now up for sale:

Mayor’s plans for London transport network may not be what they seem

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on Transport for London’s new Business Plan, said:

“There is much in this new Business Plan that is very welcome, such as the commitment to continued upgrades to the Tube, the extension of the Bakerloo Line and a pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf.

“The reduction on TfL’s reliance on expensive agency staff is certainly long overdue. Tackling this is something I long urged TfL to address.”

Record cycling investment must include a commitment to extend the hire scheme

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor's commitment to a record £154 million per year investment in cycling over the next five years, said:

“This investment, if is wisely and fully spent, is very welcome. However TfL has a record of underspending its cycling budget so bold promises need to be seen in this context.

Put passengers first with proper staffing at Tube stations

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the review of ticket office closures on London Underground by London TravelWatch said:

“This is a welcome report which puts the needs of passengers first while recognising that huge changes have occurred since the introduction of Oyster almost 14 years ago and more recently the introduction of contactless payment.

Canary Wharf commuters should not have to wear sunglasses!

After Caroline Pidgeon raised the issue with the Mayor, TfL have agreed to dim the excessively bright advertising screens at Canary Wharf tube station.

Caroline said:

“It is very welcome that TfL have listened to passengers and that the brightness of these huge screens at Canary Wharf station have been adjusted.

“Being bombarded by images is a daily experience for Tube users, but nobody should be forced to have to consider wearing sunglasses as part of their daily commute on the London Underground.

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