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Green light for a green light

Local Liberal Democrats in Southwark have called for a review of traffic lights across the borough. On many crossings, lights for pedestrians stay on red even while the traffic are on red also. This adds up to a lot of wasted time, frustrating not just pedestrians but also drivers, as they wait expectantly for a pedestrian red light to lead to a green light for them.

On the beat with East Dulwich police

As part of the "Walk The Met" initiative, Caroline spent time with East Dulwich police officers Simon and Tricia learning about life in frontline policing, especially the stretch on the police over the Christmas period.

Improving bus services in Rotherhithe

Caroline and local Lib Dem councillor Daniel Whitehead met TfL at Canada Water to discuss how bus services in Rotherhithe can be improved.

Specifically, TfL are planning:

  • Increased frequency on the C10 and 381 from April 2018
  • The C10 route to use electric buses from 2019, reducing air pollution
  • Investigating increased bus capacity around the Rotherhithe peninsula at peak times

Visiting King's College Hospital

Caroline had an inspiring visit to King's College Hospital, learning about support for young people in A&E.

Pictured: Caroline with Dr Emer Sutherland, and John and Lucy from the Redthread charity

Case for a Bricklayer's Arms station is overwhelming

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s reply to her questioning about the need for a London Underground station at the Bricklayer’s Arms as part of the Bakerloo Line extension, said:

Meeting local residents in Bermondsey

Caroline spent an afternoon meeting north Bermondsey residents with local councillors Eliza Mann, Hamish McCallum and Anood al-Samerai.

Bricklayer's Arms needs a station on the new Bakerloo line

Caroline joined more than 200 people at a rally calling for a new Tube station at the Bricklayer’s Arms as part of the Bakerloo Line extension.

Speaking at the rally Caroline gave her full backing for the new station, highlighting the immense benefits it would bring locally. Caroline also drew attention to how South London, and especially South East London, are badly served by the London Underground, with just 29 stations in the south of London compared to 250 north of the Thames.

Explaining further why a Tube station is so necessary Caroline said:

“The Bakerloo Line extension to Lewisham will bring huge benefits to South East London. An area that has long been neglected will see huge benefits from the regeneration that comes from improved transport links. The Bakerloo Line extension will also play a huge role in reducing road traffic and air pollution.

Caroline Pidgeon welcomes start of consultation on Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf crossing

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, has welcomed the news that a consultation is now underway on a dedicated pedestrian and cycling route across the Thames linking Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf.

Caroline Pidgeon has a long record of backing a pedestrian and cycling bridge and during the 2016 mayoral elections, Sadiq Khan even admitted at the London Cycling Campaign hustings that he had stolen the idea from Caroline.

Caroline Pidgeon said:

Welcome news that Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf bridge is on track

Assurances that the much needed pedestrian and cycle bridge between Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf is on schedule and could be open to the public by 2020 or 2021 were obtained by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, at August's Mayor’s Question Time.

The Mayor also confirmed that he expects major landowners in the nearby area, who will benefit from the bridge, to contribute to the project, alongside funding from TfL.

Include Bricklayers' Arms in the Bakerloo extension

Caroline Pidgeon and Sir Simon Hughes have delivered a petition organised by local Liberal Democrats to Transport for London, calling for the Bakerloo line extension to include a station at Bricklayers' Arms.

Current plans will extend the line along Old Kent Road, but with no station between Elephant and Dunton Road - missing an opportunity to serve the Tower Bridge Road area.

Read more at the London SE1 website.