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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.

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:

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.”

Canary Wharf commuters should not have to wear sunglasses!

After Caroline Pidgeon raised the issue with the Mayor, TfL have agreed to dim the excessively bright advertising screens at Canary Wharf tube station.

Caroline said:

“It is very welcome that TfL have listened to passengers and that the brightness of these huge screens at Canary Wharf station have been adjusted.

“Being bombarded by images is a daily experience for Tube users, but nobody should be forced to have to consider wearing sunglasses as part of their daily commute on the London Underground.

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.

Mayor must now deliver on the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf Bridge

Building a pedestrian and cycle bridge between Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf and extending the cycle hire scheme out to Rotherhithe are issues now firmly in the new Mayor’s in-tray, following questions being raised at the first Mayor’s Question Time for Sadiq Khan by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

Happy Vaisakhi, Sikh New Year

Caroline visited the Harley Grove Gurdwara Sikh Community Temple in Bow, East London to see the celebrations for Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year.

She was joined by Liberal Democrat London Assembly candidates Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett and Merlene Emerson and they all received a very warm welcome.

Talking to local business owners in Tower Hamlets

Caroline met with the Liberal Democrat London Assembly candidate for the City and East constituency Elaine Bagshaw to go out door knocking in Tower Hamlets.

They were joined by special guest Dave Hodgson, the Mayor of Bedford, and spoke to many local residents and small business owners in the Chrisp Street Market area about the upcoming London Mayoral elections.

Campaigning in Tower Hamlets

Caroline Pidgeon was out with the Liberal Democrat London Assembly candidate for the City and East London Elaine Bagshaw in Tower Hamlets. They were talking to local people in Chrisp Street Market about half price fares before half seven, the Lib Dem home building plans and the fact that Tower Hamlets Borough has £70 million of unspent money through planning gain.

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