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Abolition of Oyster Extension Permits is long overdue

Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s announcement today that Oyster users heading out of their travelcard zones will no longer need to obtain Oyster Extension Permits, said:

”I welcome this as Boris Johnson should never have permitted the train operating companies to introduce them. The abolition of Oyster Extension Permits is long overdue.

”Oyster Extension Permits were the daft invention of the Train Operating Companies which totally undermined the benefits of Oyster Pay As You Go.”

Excessive Tube delays hit over 11 million journeys a year

The Evening Standard reports on Caroline Pidgeon's findings that Tube delays leave passengers entitled to claim over 11 million refunds per year - but only 330,000 are claimed.

Caroline commented:

No one should have to wait 15 minutes for a Tube train, yet incredibly more than 14 million people had to in the last 12 months. It must be the Mayor's top priority to tackle these excessive delays.

Southwark police urged to retain Safer Neighbourhood Teams

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the Greater London Assembly, has joined Lib Dem councillors have met with Southwark police chiefs to urge them to retain the Safer Neighbourhood Teams in their ward, as Police bosses are reviewing the way they provide local services. Councillors Cathy Bowman from Walworth, Eliza Mann from Bermondsey, and Robin Crookshank Hilton from Dulwich, joined Caroline and local residents to meet the Met’s senior Commander in charge of Neighbourhood Policing, Steve Rodhouse.

Oyster overcharging at a station near you

Passengers are being overcharged more than £1 million a week when using Oyster, with overcharging occurring at every tube and train station across the capital, new figures obtained by Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group leader, have revealed.

The top ten stations where passengers were ripped off last year were:

Waterloo National Rail £2,452,000
London Bridge National Rail £2,300,000
Liverpool Street National Rail £1,615,000

Mayor cannot ignore disturbing rise in bus crime

Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s announcement today about crime statistics on public transport and his claim to be providing extra policing on to the transport network said:

“The Mayor should take great care when boasting about crime statistics on London’s transport network, especially as the overall fall in crime seems to hide some very disturbing rises in bus crime in about a third of London boroughs.

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