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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.

Don't compromise the Overground's safety and success with staff cuts

Caroline Pidgeon has criticised plans to leave West Brompton, Highbury and Islington, Blackhorse Road and Canada Water Overground stations unstaffed during the day.

Caroline said:

“Having staff present at every London Overground station, from the first to last train, is central to its high level of service and success.

“The policy ensures the stations are safe and accessible for everyone, including disabled people who can use a ‘turn up and go’ service.

Five year growth in Tube delays caused by overcrowding must come to an end

Tube delays caused by overcrowding have soared in the last five years, new figures obtained by Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member have revealed.

Caroline Pidgeon, commenting on the figures she obtained from the Mayor, said:

South London train passengers have suffered enough – reverse cuts for access improvements

South London train passengers have suffered enough and should not face further delays to access improvements to train stations, is the message that Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon has sent to Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport.

Just before Christmas and so far unnoticed by most people the Government finally admitted that they were delaying the installation of lifts and other vital access improvements to 26 train stations across England and Wales, seven of them in south London alone.

Mayor’s plans for London transport network may not be what they seem

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on Transport for London’s new Business Plan, said:

“There is much in this new Business Plan that is very welcome, such as the commitment to continued upgrades to the Tube, the extension of the Bakerloo Line and a pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf.

“The reduction on TfL’s reliance on expensive agency staff is certainly long overdue. Tackling this is something I long urged TfL to address.”

Let's get on and build the Rotherhithe Bridge

Speaking to the WISE16 website, Caroline gave her strong support to the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf bridge project, and discussed how to ensure it is a success.

Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf bridge is London’s most needed river crossing

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor’s announcement, about proposed East London river crossings, said:

“Having long supported and campaigned for the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf pedestrian and cycle bridge I am delighted that the Mayor is now committed to accelerating this project.

Train service issues at Denmark Hill

Caroline Pidgeon AM met with Lib Dem Cllr James Barber, and Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Dulwich and West Norwood Gail Kent on 9th September to look at issues for passengers at Denmark Hill.

Amongst the issues are the lack of gates on the gate line resulting in serious delays for passengers and the need for an additional ticket machine.

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.

Mini zebra crossing trial to make cycle lane crossings safer

Responding to a question from Caroline Pidgeon expressing concern for the safety of pensioners and disabled people, the Mayor has announced that TfL will trial "mini-zebra crossings" on cycle routes that bypass bus stops.

Read more at the SE1 community website.

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