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Roadworks make Londoners' journeys unpredictable and horrendously slow

The Evening Standard reports on the disruption caused to drivers and bus passengers by the major roadworks which affect thousands of roads in London every day.

Caroline Pidgeon is quoted saying:

London's road network has probably never faced so much disturbance. For too many people their daily journeys are both unpredictable and horrendously slow.

As well as bridge and tunnel closures, thousands of roads are being dug up by Thames Water, not to mention other utility companies.

Boris Johnson defends the indefensible

In an article for the Liberal Democrat Voice website, Caroline Pidgeon strongly criticises the way Boris Johnson has chosen to put party advantage above ethical standards, by failing to remove disgraced Brent Tory councillor Bertha Joseph from the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

Caroline says:

Boris Johnson faced a crucial test. A test he completely failed. The Mayor should have automatically sacked her, but instead he allowed her to remain on the London Fire Authority simply to ensure that a Conservative majority was maintained. Put simply Party advantage was put before anything else. He tolerated something that would not be permitted in any other part of the country. He defended the indefensible. ...

Brandon Estate report launched

On Tuesday a report looking into what is needed on the Brandon Estate was launched by the Blackfriars Settlement, Newington ward councillors and Simon Hughes MP. The report showed that the majority of people like living on the estate, but that improved security and more social activities would make it better still.

Newington ward councillor Caroline Pidgeon, who chaired the launch event, said:

We need answers on Surrey Canal Road station

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, commenting on a recent statement by Peter Hendy (Commissioner of Transport for London) that a firm commitment has still not been received from central Government for an additional £7 million funding contribution towards a new station being built at Surrey Canal Road said:

“This is seriously bad news for North Lewisham and for South Bermondsey.

“Despite predictions that a new station would be used by 1.3 million passengers a year and help bring significant investment to the area it seems the Department of Transport are now dithering over whether to support this much needed new station. Without a station at Surrey Canal Road many of the benefits of the second phase of the East London Line extension will be denied to many residents in North Lewisham.

“It is time the Department for Transport clarified their position once and for all. Does their previous pledge to contribute £7 million for this much needed station still stand?

Caroline joins Forest Hill campaigners against rail service cuts

Liberal Democrat London Assembly Transport Committee chair Caroline Pidgeon joined Lewisham Lib Dem councillors, and local campaigners from the Forest Hill Society, to present a petition to the Department for Transport calling for cuts to their train services to be reversed.

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