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Meeting businesses in Earl’s Court

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Lib Dem Cllr Linda Wade, Parliamentary Candidate Annabel Mullin and local campaigners in Earl’s Court on Friday 2nd December. The visit was to meet local businesses and hoteliers to discuss the damaging impact the Earl’s Court redevelopment is having on their trade and the impact on business rate rises.

Campaigning in Kensington with local candidate Annabel Mullin

Caroline had a great session campaigning with local Liberal Democrat London Assembly Candidate Annabel Mullin and her local campaign team. Annabel gave birth five weeks ago and the baby came out campaigning too!

Crossrail 2 - the right thing for London, but we have to do it right

Caroline has responded to Transport for London’s recent consultation on Crossrail 2. You can see a full copy of her response here.

Caroline sets out the long standing support of London Assembly Liberal Democrats for Crossrail. Her consultation response also reiterates the vital importance of every station on the route, from the first day of operation, providing step-free access.

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:

Earls Court demolition must halt while health impacts are reviewed

Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on the London Assembly Caroline Pidgeon has called for a halt to work on the Earls Court Exhibition Centre demolition ahead of a crunch council meeting today.

Campaigners have asked for an independent health review to be carried out due to the existence of asbestos in the building and the dust and pollution caused by the demolition process.

Commenting on the demolition, Caroline Pidgeon 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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