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The tube needs to be modernised as quickly and painlessly as possible

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, commenting on the final ruling on the cost of the second phase of Tube Lines contract upgrading the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, said:

“This announcement signals the need for a complete review of how the tube is upgraded.

“A serious look is needed into short block closures of a few stations, where the upgrade work is completed over a few weeks.”

Boris's broken promise will make travel less safe

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Transport spokesperson, commenting on London Underground's plans to reduce the opening hours of a number of tickets offices, said:

"Boris Johnson was elected promising to defend ticket offices and stop any planned closures that the previous Mayor was proposing across the London Underground network. Today's announcement is a breathtaking breach of that key commitment he made to Londoners. It's a complete U-turn.

Brent poorly served by four of London’s worst bus routes

Caroline Pidgeon's questioning of the mayor has revealed that almost half of the capital's worst bus routes run through Brent.

The 79, 114, 226 and 228 – all of which run through Brent – all fell within the ten worst performing routes in London, Boris Johnson admitted in a written answer to Caroline.

The routes were identified based on the length of time people have to wait over and above the published, expected frequency of service.

Video - Caroline talks to Hampstead traders about weekend tube closures

Caroline Pidgeon joined Lib Dem Parliamentary Campaigner for Hampstead and Kilburn, Ed Fordham, and talked to local people about the impact to them of planned closures on the Northern, Metropolitan and Jubilee lines. Watch the videos here...

Mayor’s contradictory statements over Thames Estuary Airport cannot be explained away

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor’s statement on BBC’s Question Time that he has no plans to build an airport in the Thames Estuary:

“No attempt at spinning by the Mayor’s office can explain away the totally contradictory statements that the Mayor has made over the Thames Estuary Airport in the last 18 months.

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