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Another week, another broken Jubilee Line promise

A promise made by the Mayor of London and Transport for London that an improved timetable and increased capacity will be seen on the Jubilee Line from early July will not now happen, according to new documents discovered by Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group.

As recently as the 28th April Transport for London issued a press release stating that a new timetable will be introduced on the Jubilee Line to increase capacity and reliability from 24 to 27 trains an hour “from July”, with the clear suggestion that the improvements would start from the very beginning of the month.

However, only last week, papers tabled at an internal TfL meeting showed that the new timetable was actually planned to only start on 31st July 2011, in effect a month later than promised.

Assembly committee launches investigation into Tube upgrade performance

The London Assembly Transport Committee today launches an investigation into how the Tube is performing, looking line by line at what the upgrade programme has delivered, compared to what it promised.

The Tube is now busier than ever in its history, but the timetable for the upgrade programme - which is has a target of a 30 per cent increase in overall capacity by 2020 - has slipped, particularly on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.

Caroline becomes Honorary Alderwoman of Southwark

Caroline Pidgeon AM and eight other former Southwark Councillors were honoured on Saturday 7th May. At St George’s Cathedral, Borough the former councillors were given the title of Honorary Aldermen or Women.

Caroline was the first person to become an Honorary Alderwoman of Southwark, a title now allowed due to a change in legislation last year.

“It was a great honour to be recognised for my service as a local councillor for 12 years. It was fun to catch up with former colleagues from all parties and for the Newington Lib Dem Team of 12 years to be reunited again!” commented Caroline.

The London SE1 website has a report and photos on Southwark's civic award ceremony, which recognised people who have contributed to the borough's life in many fields.

Impressive work on Farringdon station upgrade

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Baroness Sarah Ludford, London’s Lib Dem MEP, and local Councillor George Allan for a tour around Farringdon Station. The Station is being rebuilt by the end of 2011 as part of the Thameslink programme, but also preparing for Crossrail.

When both of these transport programmes are complete by 2018, this will be one of the busiest stations in London and a very important interchange for people wanting to travel to all London airports and St Pancras International Station.

Londoners - make your vote count!

Caroline Pidgeon joined politicians from across parties and across the capital today to launch an advertising campaign calling on Londoners to make their votes count on May 5th – by saying Yes to AV.

Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan MP and Murad Qureshi AM joined Lib Dems Simon Hughes MP and Caroline Pidgeon AM and the Green Party’s Jenny Jones AM.

Simon Hughes MP, Bermondsey and Old Southwark, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make our political system fairer by giving more power to voters and reducing safe seats in parliament. It could be generations before this opportunity presents itself again. Let's make sure we don't miss out.”


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