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Croydon tram accident investigation has made incredibly serious revelations

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the revelations by the BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme of Croydon tram drivers admitting to the programme they had fallen asleep and that trams have been breaching track speed limits, even since the tram crash of November 2016, said:

"These are incredibly serious revelations, especially if any breaches of speeding have occurred since the horrific tram crash last November.

Lessons must be learned for trams and buses after Croydon accident

As the Rail Accidents Investigation Branch proceeds with its enquiry into the tram accident in Croydon last November which tragically killed seven people, particularly focusing on the glass used in the tram windows, Caroline Pidgeon has pointed out that its recommendations also need to be applied to buses - which have the same type of windows.

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One third of London hospitals still fail to help police tackle knife crime

Over a third of hospitals in London are still failing to take part in a scheme which has been proven to dramatically reduce knife crime. The admission that many hospitals are still not sharing anonymous data collected from knife victims was made this week by Stephen Greenhalgh, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

Give Croydon longer trams instead of a costly loop

Caroline Pidgeon has joined Croydon Lib Dems in presenting a petition with 2000 signatures, calling for Transport for London to invest in longer trams for Croydon, rather than the Dingwall Road Loop project that would cut the existing network in two.

Read the full story at Inside Croydon.

Mayor must now come clean over plans for Night Buses

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the announcement that the launch of the Night Tube has been deferred, said:

"This is a big climb down for the Mayor. His retreat is entirely due to his error in setting a specific start date before all the staffing arrangements and other issues had been settled.

"By pushing for a set start date the Mayor strengthened the union’s negotiating position.

One Hour Bus Ticket: a long-standing focus for Caroline and the Lib Dems

Dave Hill's London blog in the Guardian looks at the proposal by potential Labour mayoral candidate Christian Wolmar for a bus ticket valid over multiple journeys for an hour - and points out that this has been a long-standing policy of Caroline Pidgeon and the London Assembly Liberal Democrats:

Upsurge in lift problems at Tube stations harms freedom to travel

Caroline Pidgeon's questions to the Mayor have revealed that between 2013 and 2014, the hours lost due to lift closures on the Tube have risen by 50%, harming the freedom to travel of disabled people and those who depend on step-free access. The main reason was the lack of available trained staff to operate lifts.

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Step-free access to half London's stations is not enough

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on today’s announcement that half of TfL’s rail and Underground stations will be step-free by 2018, said:

“Any progress on making more TfL rail and Underground stations step-free is obviously welcome.

“However we can hardly be complacent when the reality is that in three years’ time half of all TfL rail and Underground will still be permanently inaccessible to disabled people and the many other people who require step free access.”

Tackling knife crime must be top of London's agenda

Commenting on the latest knife attacks affecting Londoners - and especially teenagers - Caroline Pidgeon AM, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, said:

Police must properly engage with the public on body camera trial

As a Freedom Of Information request revealed that just one person has given feedback to the Metropolitan Police's consultation of the use of body-worn cameras by officers, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“The technology should make the police more accountable to the public and help route out police malpractices committed by a very small minority of police officers.

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