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Warm welcome to Bankside and South Bank signage at Blackfriars station

The decision by Network Rail to include the words “London Blackfriars - for Bankside and South Bank” on platform signage on the southern side of Blackfriars has been warmly welcomed by Caroline Pidgeon, the leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, along with Simon Hughes MP. The changes follow Caroline and Simon's long campaign for a changed name to Blackfriars station.

Commenting on Network Rail's proposals Caroline said:

Mayor must urgently listen to cyclists on danger junctions

Commenting following the tragic death of a cyclist on a cycle superhighway in Bow - the 15th cycling death in London this year - Caroline Pidgeon said:

"With London roads seeing a 50 per cent increase in cycle deaths this year it is time the Mayor accepted the need to urgently examine the design of London's most dangerous junctions.

"Instead of lecturing people about cycling the Mayor must start to listen to the concerns of cyclists."

Caroline, along with Simon Hughes MP, and Lib Dem London Assembly candidate for Lambeth and Southwark, Rob Blackie, joined several hundred local cyclists on a bike ride around London's ten most dangerous junctions, to raise awareness of cycle safety issues and protest at TfL's lack of progress in safeguarding cyclists and pedestrians.

We still have a long way to go to make streets safe for cyclists

Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s reply to her questions about cycle safety and TfL’s limited proposals that were announced today to improve conditions for London cyclists, said:

“The harsh fact is that 14 cyclists have already died on London’s roads this year compared to 10 last year. These figures speak for themselves about the need for urgent action.

“Today’s measures announced by TfL are therefore welcome, but there is still much more that must be done to ensure London’s roads are far safer for cyclists.

Metal theft costs £1bn a year and causes severe transport disruption

The London Assembly has unanimously backed Caroline Pidgeon's motion calling for cash payments for scrap metal to be outlawed - alongside the introduction of tougher penalties for metal and cable theft - to help end the increasing disruption and distress thieves are causing.

Proposing the motion, Caroline said:
“The theft of metal is costing the economy around a billion pounds and causing serious disruption to passengers – and it’s getting worse.

Mayor and TfL have learned nothing on Remembrance Sunday closures

Speaking to the Evening Standard about the news that - in a repeat of what happened in 2010 - there will be extensive tube closures on Remembrance Sunday, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

It is simply staggering that the Mayor and TfL have failed to learn any lessons from the mistakes made last year when so much of the tube and London transport was closed or disrupted on Remembrance Sunday. If there is one weekend of the year when getting around London should not be hit by closures and partial closures surely it is this weekend.

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