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Mayor cannot ignore the damning Garden Bridge report

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on Dame Margaret Hodge's highly critical report on the Garden Bridge, said:

“This is a totally damning report. It is a disgrace that key decisions on the Garden Bridge were driven by electoral cycles rather than any concern for value for money. The report also backs up the long standing finding of the London Assembly that the procurement processes were not open, fair or competitive.

Mayor's position on the Garden Bridge is illogical and indefensible

As the Mayor reiterated his support for the building of the Garden Bridge, Caroline Pidgeon highlighted the taxpayers' money that is still being sucked into the project.

Caroline told the London SE1 website:

"Sadiq Khan’s position on the Garden Bridge is illogical and indefensible.

"He claims to be committed to not providing any further public funding for the Garden Bridge yet at the same time he is allowing TfL to hand over another £10 million of public money.

Garden Bridge Trust accounts confirm why the project must now be cancelled

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the publication after much delay of the Garden Bridge Trust accounts. said:

“Even advocates of the Garden Bridge with rose-tinted glasses will find these accounts incredibly concerning.

“The Trust has finally admitted what most people have long expected was the case - that the final cost of the project is likely to increase substantially above the current £185 million predicted cost.

Personal interests overcame serious concerns about the Garden Bridge

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the National Audit Office's inquiry report into the funding of the Garden Bridge, said:

"This report is clear evidence that the Department of Transport had its arm twisted into supporting the Garden Bridge by George Osbourne. From the very outset personal interests overcame serious concerns about value of money for the taxpayer.

The Mayor must protect taxpayers from bailing out the Garden Bridge

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s announcement that he has appointed Dame Margaret Hodge to conduct a review into the Garden Bridge said:

“I welcome this latest review into the Garden Bridge which I hope will pick up from the excellent inquiry undertaken by the London Assembly. However the Mayor cannot hide behind this latest review as an excuse for not taking any action.

Reduce buses on Oxford Street immediately

The London Assembly Transport Committee has written to the Mayor asking him to prioritise the changes needed to make Oxford Street pedestrianised - including innovative changes to bus routes and service patterns.

The committee has met with representatives of local businesses, residents, road users, Transport for London (TfL) and Westminster City Council, and will go on to produce a full report on congestion issues in the capital later in the year.

The letter suggests:

Garden Bridge Trust is avoiding questions about its funding

Speaking to the Guardian about the the five-month delay by the Garden Bridge Trust in publishing its accounts, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“I suspect that the Garden Bridge Trust is using administrative tidiness as a desperate excuse to postpone publishing their accounts.

Mayor should do what is right and stop the Garden Bridge

Writing at the "Bridge Too Far" website, Caroline Pidgeon describes the compelling reasons to cancel the Garden Bridge project:

Caroline concludes:

It is regrettable that the last Mayor devoted so much of his time to lobbying and secretly fundraising for the Garden Bridge. There are so many other projects he could have backed which would have delivered real benefits for Londoners.

Talking to the residents of Bayswater

Caroline met with the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Candidate Annabel Mullin for the West Central constituency and her local campaign team in Bayswater. Annabel is a busy mum to two young children and she brought them along to campaign in a cargo bike!

11 crossings are still unsafe for blind and partially sighted people

Caroline Pidgeon has criticised the Mayor and Transport for London over their failure to complete the installation of safety features for blind and partially sighted people at all London's pedestrian crossings.

Eleven crossings, including in busy central areas in Westminster, are still unsafe.

Caroline said:

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