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Campaigning for cycle hire in Richmond and Kingston

Caroline Pidgeon joined Sarah Olney, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Richmond Park by-election, campaigning for the Cycle Hire scheme to be extended to Richmond and Kingston.

The Liberal Democrats have formally requested this from Transport for London, which has confirmed it will consider further expansions of the scheme if local councils make a funding contribution.

TfL should take over Southern Rail

As the Southern Rail situation gets worse and worse for passengers, Caroline Pidgeon told the SWLondoner website that both management and unions have failed and a change in control is needed:

The dispute over conductor-free trains has reached a point where it does not matter what assurances Southern offer because the RMT union is now striking for the sake of it.

I am hugely concerned about the additional stress this is having on London.

You see the stress on passengers’ faces and it’s not good enough.

Out campaigning with local Lib Dems in Kingston

Caroline Pidgeon went out door knocking in Kingston with local Lib Dem London Assembly candidates Emily Davey, Merlene Emerson and Rosina Robson.

They had a great response on the doorstep to policies such as half price fares before half past seven and childcare plans. Caroline is passionate about ensuring there is wrap-around childcare available for parents across London with earlier starts and later finishes, to enable them to go back to work more easily.

Out and about in Tolworth

Caroline Pidgeon visited Kingston to look at the issues facing the Tolworth area. She met local Lib Dem councillors and former Member of Parliament and local campaigner Edward Davey. The group looked at the Conservative plans for high rise in the area which do not have enough affordable homes.

A3 site visit in Kingston

Wednesday 9th December saw Caroline Pidgeon AM go to Tolworth in Kingston to meet with Transport for London officers and local councillor Thay Thayalan, along with former councillors Vicki Harris and Rolson Davies, to discuss serious concerns about the state of the A3 in the area.

The team walked along Hook Rise North and Hook Rise South and looked at the state of the road surface, serious problems with vibration from traffic and plans to resurface the road with improved materials to reduce noise and vibrations.

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.

Decision on Heathrow is needed now

Commenting on reports of a potential six month delay on a decision over Heathrow, Liberal Democrat London Mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon said:

"Londoners opposed to expansion are fed up of being lied to. A decision is needed now.

“Heathrow is not, and never will be, the place to expand airport capacity and the sooner this Tory government accepts that, the sooner we can get on with developing a sensible aviation policy for the UK."

We need a better run Heathrow, not a bigger Heathrow

In an article for the Huffington Post, taking on the arguments made in the intense lobbying by Heathrow's owners, Caroline Pidgeon writes:

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:

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