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Central Line had only two days in December at full capacity

Caroline Pidgeon's questions to the Mayor about the recent poor service on the Central line have revealed that the line ran with a full fleet of trains for only two days in December – neither of which were busy weekdays.

Caroline said:

“Strike suffering Central line users have already had enough grief, however what is clear is that even in the absence of strikes the line is underperforming.

Pedestrians and cyclists need a safe crossing at Charlie Brown's roundabout

Caroline Pidgeon has formally delivered to the Mayor a petition calling for action on the dangerous traffic hotspot at Charlie Brown's roundabout in South Woodford.

The petition calls for safe crossings on the approach roads to the roundabout, for pedestrians and cyclists, with traffic signals if necessary.

Campaigning for a Safer Charlie Brown Roundabout in Redbridge

Caroline joined local Lib Dem Redbridge Councillors Ian Bond and Hugh Cleaver, the Lib Dem by-election candidate Richard Clare and their campaign team out in Redbridge.

Campaigning in Redbridge

Caroline Pidgeon joined the Redbridge Lib Dems with Councillor Gwyneth Deakins and Liberal Democrat London Assembly candidate for Havering and Redbridge Ian Sanderson. They were out speaking to local residents and also collecting signatures for improvements at Charlie Brown roundabout.

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.

Campaigning at the Charlie Brown Roundabout in Redbridge

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined local Liberal Democrats including Cllr Gwyneth Deakins to highlight the serious safety issues at the Charlie Brown roundabout in Redbridge.

Several years ago Transport for London developed plans to make the busy transport roundabout safer for road users including pedestrian crossings for local people. However this was cancelled and now TfL is once again carrying out feasibility studies for safety measures including looking at signals for the junction.

“I have spoken to many people in the area and they are frustrated and bewildered at TfL's failure to provide safe crossing facilities at the Roundabout. Many local people take their cars for relatively short journeys, rather than walk or cycle, because they dare not attempt to cross the roads there. This adds to the congestion!” 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.”

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