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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.

Flying the flag in Tooting

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Lib Dem candidate in the Tooting Parliamentary By-election Alex Glassbrook for some campaigning in Tooting Broadway with local members. The team spoke to many local people about the by-election, but also used the opportunity to discuss the European referendum and the importance of voting to Remain in the EU.

Out with Nick Clegg in Putney

Caroline was joined by the former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in Putney to campaign for the London Assembly and Mayoral Elections. They were joined by a strong Lib Dem team including Lord Newby, Baroness Sheehan and Lib Dem London Assembly candidates Merlene Emerson and Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett.

Visiting Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Caroline had a great visit to the famous Battersea Dogs and Cats Home with local Lib Dem London Assembly candidate for Merton and Wandsworth Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett. They went to hear about the important work they do, including with dogs that are being used as weapons in London. They do inspiring work in prisons and youth offending institutions as well as rehousing so many dogs and cats to loving homes.

Campaigning for better air quality on Putney High Street

Caroline went to Putney High Street with local Lib Dem London Assembly candidate for Merton and Wandsworth Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett to campaign for better air quality.

Putney High Street was recently named by the Evening Standard this week as the number one worst spot in London for harmful nitrogen oxide readings for 2016 so far.

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Crossrail 2 - the right thing for London, but we have to do it right

Caroline has responded to Transport for London’s recent consultation on Crossrail 2. You can see a full copy of her response here.

Caroline sets out the long standing support of London Assembly Liberal Democrats for Crossrail. Her consultation response also reiterates the vital importance of every station on the route, from the first day of operation, providing step-free access.

Caroline welcomes Tooting Bec Road petition led by local Lib Dems

Caroline Pidgeon was pleased to accept on behalf of the London Assembly a petition led by local Lib Dem campaigner Jon Irwin, who got over 500 signatures from Tooting residents calling for Tooting Bec Road to be made safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

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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.

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