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Network Rail and TfL need to explain further disruption for Gospel Oak-Barking passengers

As Transport for London announced that the London Overground line between Gospel Oak and Barking will now reopen to passengers on Monday 27 February, but that the installation of all of the overhead wires has not been completed on time and more work is required, Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, criticised the way the work has been executed and communicated:

“The fault for these delays rests with some appalling errors made by Network Rail, who have many questions to now answer.

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.

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.

Anchor House visit in Newham

Caroline started her New Year with a visit to Anchor House in Newham, a residential and life skills centre for single homeless people. Based in the East End of London, Anchor House supports over 200 people each year, giving them so much more than just a roof over their heads. Their aim is to address the root causes of homelessness to ensure people never find themselves homeless again.

Out and about in Newham

Caroline Pidgeon joined Liberal Democrats from across London and local London Assembly candidate Elaine Bagshaw out campaigning for Sheree Miller in the Boleyn Ward by-election which took place on 3rd December.

Caroline and the team knocked on hundreds of doors and spoke to local people in and around West Ham’s Upton Park stadium, and heard first hand their serious concerns about the Labour Council and in particular around the need for more affordable housing.

West Ham's Olympic Stadium deal should be made fully public

As the London Assembly called unanimously for the terms of West Ham United's rental of the Olympic Stadium to be made public, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

“West Ham United Football Club knew full well that it would be subject to the Freedom of Information Act when it entered into an agreement with LLDC.

“No mayoral body should be hiding a deal over the use of a largely taxpayer-funded stadium.”

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:

Future for the loss-making cable car must be as an integrated part of the network

As the London Loves Business website obtained figures suggesting the cable car from the Royal Docks to North Greenwich is consistently costing more to run than it collects in fares, Caroline Pidgeon has argued it makes no economic sense as a stand-alone project and will only bring benefit as an integrated part of the transport system:

"Despite TfL spending a fortune on advertising and promoting the cable car, the passenger figures and the income generated by the cable car remain dismal.

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:

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