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Speaking to local residents in Ealing

Caroline went out campaigning in Ealing with the local Lib Dem team, including Councillor Jon Ball, Lib Dem London Assembly candidate Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett and Lib Dem campaigner Chris Maines.

They spoke to many local residents about the London Assembly and Mayoral elections. Caroline’s plans to make childcare more flexible and accessible and to have half price fares before half past seven were popular on the door step.

Meeting local businesses in Chiswick

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Lib Dem London Mayoral candidate, joined Hounslow Lib Dem members and Cllr Andrew Steed from Ealing talking to local businesses in Chiswick.

Lots of concerns were raised including Hounslow Council's parking charges, business rates and problems with Thames Water.

"It was great to meet so many local businesses and to see their wonderful local shops and hear about concerns. As Mayor I will do all I can to support our local high streets" commented Caroline.

Lib Dems arrange a tube demo to persuade TFL to upgrade the Piccadilly Line

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate, held a demo outside Turnham Green tube station with local councillors and residents to get TFL to upgrade the Piccadilly Line signal sooner. This would mean that tubes could stop there throughout the day (usually only the District line stops there).

Caroline said:

Out and about in Ealing

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Ealing Liberal Democrats out and about talking to local residents in the Pitshangar Lane area.

The team knocked on doors and chatted to local residents about the proposal to cut PCSOs from neighbourhood policing teams, and about Europe.

"It was great to be out with so many members and supporters, including some new members," commented Caroline.

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.

Caroline said:

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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