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Levels of bus fare fraud remain shameful

Speaking to the Evening Standard about the Mayor's plans for fare evasion fines to rise to £80, Caroline Pidgeon backed the plans but commented:

Boris Johnson promised Londoners that he would cut fare fraud, especially on buses.

Sadly, after being Mayor of London for more than three years it is crystal clear that he has totally failed to tackle this issue.

The fact that fare evasion, especially on buses, increased last year under Boris Johnson is shameful.

When will Greenwich Council finally treat pedestrians and cyclists with respect?

New evidence has come to light of Greenwich Council’s appalling record in communicating with the 1.5 million people who have used Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels every year.

After extended delays in re-opening both the tunnels, along with repeated incidents of inaccurate information being provided, Greenwich Council is now claiming via their website that Woolwich Foot Tunnel will finally re-open to the public by the end of this month. However, at the same time, at the entrance to the Woolwich Foot Tunnel there are public signs saying the foot tunnel will only re-open in Spring 2012.

Lane rental scheme must work for all Londoners

Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on Transport for London’s plans to start from today a 12-week consultation on plans for a lane rental scheme that should give utility companies an economic incentive to complete roadworks more quickly, said:

“For over three years the Mayor has been talking about forcing utility companies to ‘hire’ the road while at the same time overlooking steps he could have already taken to reduce congestion across London.

Put Bankside on the map!

A new name for Blackfriars Station would provide exciting new opportunities for the Bankside area, predict Caroline Pidgeon and Simon Hughes.

Commenting at the start of a Network Rail consultation for a potential new name to Blackfriars station, Caroline said:

“It is time to put Bankside on the map! Including Bankside in the station’s name would really help attract far more tourists and visitors to the area and lead to more money being spent locally. It would be good for businesses and good for local residents."

Bus shelter success in Harold Hill

Local people in the Gooshays Drive area of Harold Hill have long been campaigning for a bus shelter to enable better accessibility for older and disabled bus users. The issue was recently brought Caroline's attention by local residents and Lib Dem campaigners, and Caroline raised this with Transport for London, asking if a shelter could possibly be installed.

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