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Chancellor urged to fund Gospel Oak to Barking line electrification

The London Assembly’s Transport Committee has written to George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to urge him to fund the proposed electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking railway line.

Electrification of the line would bring significant improvements for both freight and passenger traffic, including reduced overcrowding for passengers, improved connectivity with the rest of London’s rail network, environmental benefits and the ability to run longer trains on the line.

Save our London neighbourhood policing

The London Assembly today urged Mayor Boris Johnson to halt his plans to dilute police Safer Neighbourhood Teams and recklessly close police front counters across London.

The Assembly's motion calls on the Mayor to retain the existing neighbourhood policing model of a dedicated sergeant, supported by two Constables and three Police Community Support Officers, allocated to each ward in London.

Caroline Pidgeon AM, who seconded the motion, said:

“Londoners value their local police stations and the local, recognisable police teams dedicated to serving their ward. Shutting up cop shops to public access and destroying the local policing model risks setting policing back more than a decade and separating the police from their communities.”

Mayor should admit he is decimating Safer Neigbourhood Teams

Caroline Pidgeon AM, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s response today to her questions about the future of Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) across London, where he failed to recognise that there would be a reduction in dedicated police officers for each safer neighbourhood team, said:

“The Mayor should come clean with Londoners and admit that he is decimating the current and successful model for safer neighbourhood teams.

"Gearing Up" proposals are a big positive step for King's Cross

The King's Cross Environment blog has a report on the London Assembly Transport Committee's report "Gearing Up", and what its proposals could mean for cycling safety around King's Cross.

Blogger Sophie Talbot says:

On first reading it’s a report that appears not to pull its punches. Clear in its message that London needs to take action and fast. It’s timely too. Right now Transport for London is consulting on the changes it will propose to the road system in King’s Cross. This report certainly appears to summarise the vast majority of changes our community has wanted for many, many years and more. Importantly it includes a very clear and highly appropriate timetable against which the Mayor and TfL should report progress

Residents to be consulted on King's Cross safety improvements

After a strong local campaign, supported by Caroline Pidgeon, to improve road safety in the Kings Cross area for pedestrians and cyclists, Transport for London have at last announced a consultation into redeveloping the road layout.

You can read more at the King's Cross Environment blog.

Out and about in Camden

Caroline joined Assembly Candidate Chris Richards, Camden Lib Dem Councillors and activists, and Brian Paddick in Camden for some campaigning on Saturday.

The team were joined by a large group of Dutch colleagues over to help!

Campaigning in Camden Town and Primrose Hill

Caroline joined local campaigner Chris Richards, who is standing to be the local councillor for Camden Town and Primrose Hill on 3rd May, as well as our local Assembly Candidate looking at issues in the area. The team were shocked to see so much dumped rubbish on the streets, which Labour Camden are clearly not dealing with effectively.

“We had a good evening talking to local people about their concerns in the Camden Town area” commented Caroline. Nick Russell, the Lib Dem's local London Assembly candidate, also joined the team door knocking.

Barking - Gospel Oak line needs to be electrified at last

Caroline recently joined Brian Paddick in travelling along the Barking to Gospel Oak Line. The visit which was at the invitation of the Barking - Gospel Oak Line User Group provided an opportunity for both Caroline and Brian Paddick to visit the stations along the line, as well as to find out about the level of overcrowding facing commuters.

Caroline is no stranger to the line having travelled the full length of the line back in 2009, again at the invitation of the line's user group.

After the recent visit Caroline said:
"While there have been clear improvements in the service since I last travelled the line with User Group members in 2009 it is clear further improvements are still needed. Above all we must keep up the pressure to ensure that the line is finally electrified. This would deliver better services for passengers as well as making a useful contribution to reducing air pollution."

Paddick and Pidgeon launch One Hour Bus Ticket

The London Liberal Democrats toured a range of London boroughs on Wednesday 30th March in a campaign bus to launch their fares package for Londoners.

The Fairer Fares package proposes Six Ways To Save, one of which is a One Hour Bus Ticket that will allow people to hop-on and hop-off buses as many times as needed within one hour, paying only one single fare.

The scheme works successfully in several European cities ensuring that multiple journeys on one of the most popular forms of transport are kept as low as possible. From the moment an Oyster card is touched, or a paper ticket is printed, passengers would have 60 minutes in which to make additional journeys without any extra cost.

Out and about in Hampstead

Caroline joined local councillors and campaigners in Hampstead, Camden on Sunday 25th March knocking on doors and talking to local people about the forthcoming London elections and issues of concern.