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Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf bridge is London’s most needed river crossing

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor’s announcement, about proposed East London river crossings, said:

“Having long supported and campaigned for the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf pedestrian and cycle bridge I am delighted that the Mayor is now committed to accelerating this project.

The cable car should be affordable transport, not a luxury venue

As the operators of the Thames cable car applied for a licence to serve alcohol and host parties on board the cars, Caroline Pidgeon has called on the Mayor to instead make the cable car a successful form of transport for the public.

Caroline said:

“It seems that those running the cable car have the vision to run it like an expensive West End night club experience.

Visiting the Wide Horizons Environment Centre

Caroline visited the Wide Horizons Environment Centre with local Lib Dem London Assembly candidate for Greenwich and Lewisham Julia Fletcher.

Based in South East London, the Wide Horizons Environment Centre is a unique nine-acre wildlife site specifically designed for educational use offering a wide range of curriculum based day visits for children of all ages.

Door knocking in Greenwich and meeting local campaign groups

Caroline went door knocking in Plumstead, Greenwich with local Lib Dem campaigners and spoke about a range of local issues. Caroline then went on to meet with the No to Silvertown Tunnel campaign group to discuss their concerns about the scheme, and the health effects to locals of having a greater volume of traffic in the local area.

Caroline Pidgeon welcomes reprieve for the Woolwich Ferries

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on this week’s decision by TfL to not scrap the Woolwich Ferry, but instead to purchase two new vessels to replace the three existing life-expired craft, said:

“I very much welcome this back down by TfL.

“In the rush to push ahead with the tolled Silvertown Tunnel and other road crossings TfL were willing to sacrifice the free Woolwich Ferry, which is not only popular locally but incredibly helpful for pedestrians and cyclists.

Speaking to local residents in Maze Hill, Greenwich

Caroline Pidgeon was out campaigning in the Maze Hill area of Greenwich with local Lib Dem London Assembly candidate Julia Fletcher. A former Councillor, Julia has been a local community campaigner in South East London for many years. They went door knocking to speak to residents about local issues and got a great response on the doorstep.

Civil Aviation Authority have let down people in east London

Caroline Pidgeon, transport spokesperson for the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the concentration of flight paths from London City Airport that are starting today, said:

“The changes that are starting today will mean residents who were hardly overflown at all by planes from London City Airport a few years ago now face living under a concentrated flight path.

Emily Davison - a remarkable woman that we should never forget

A campaign to remember the famous suffragette Emily Davison and her connection to Blackheath has been started by Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Mayoral candidate. Despite being born in Blackheath and having lived there for many years, her connection to the area is not publicly recognised.

Setting out the reasons for the need for a public plaque, Caroline Pidgeon said:

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.

People will look back in amazement at this foolish cruise terminal decision

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s decision this week to give the go ahead for a cruise liner terminal at Enderby Wharf in Greenwich, said:

“The decision by Greenwich Council and now the Mayor of London to reject using off shore power for this planning application is highly regrettable.

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