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TfL disappoints Hillingdon bus campaigners

The Harrow Observer reports on Transport for London's refusal to extend the H98 bus route through Hillingdon and Ruislip, despite a petition which Caroline Pidgeon presented to the Mayor in July on behalf of local residents.

You can read the full story here.

Save the South London Line

Lib Dems Caroline Pidgeon AM and Simon Hughes MP joined politicians of all parties at a Save the South London Line campaign event at Clapham High Street station on 28th July.

The event was to highlight the future plans to axe this vital service between Victoria and London Bridge stations, via stations such as Clapham High Street, Peckham Rye and South Bermondsey.

"When we were promised the extension of the East London Line to Clapham Junction, it was never in place of our existing South London Line service. We need both services to meet the demand for transport in South East London and for the hospital workers and visitors who go between Guy's Hospital at London Bridge and King's or the Maudsley down in Denmark Hill. I do not want to see any of the stations on this route left with a worse service" commented Caroline Pidgeon.

Save our open space

Caroline Pidgeon AM gave evidence on 27th July to the Planning Inspector who is currently assessing Southwark Council’s planning document known as the Core Strategy.

Caroline has asked for the old police station garden on the Walworth Road/Carter Place to be protected as Borough Open Land so that it can become a pocket park for local people.

“I have looked back over old maps and the site has never had any building on it – maps back to 1893 show this. We have also found wonderful pictures which clearly show a garden on the site at the front of a house and then the old police station”

“I hope the inspector will agree that the site is a green lung on the busy Walworth Road and should be protected from any development”

The inspector will report in a few months' time.

Caroline and Hillingdon Lib Dems petition Mayor on H98 bus extension

Caroline recently hosted a meeting with Lib Dem Campaigners Pete Dollimore, Martin Clark and Vic Stoneham about the extension to the H98 bus route in Hillingdon. In May Caroline presented a petition to the Mayor signed by local people who strongly supported an extension of the bus to West Ruislip Station.

Local Lib Dem Campaigner and Committee Member of Oak Farm Residents’ Association, Vic Stoneham, presented a detailed paper to the meeting on the 6th July providing a history to the bus route and the logic to extend the H98 through Hillingdon and West Ruislip stations.

Caroline visits Hackney councillors

Caroline recently went to Hackney Town Hall to meet with Lib Dem Councillor Ian Sharer and Councillor Abraham Jacobson.

As Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at City Hall Caroline wants to work closely with Lib Dem Councillors across London to help with local campaigns, particularly on issues such as transport, police, the environment and the legacy from the Olympics.

A number of issues were discussed, including issues with a local bus garage and some wider Transport for London issues.

Frognal and Ftizjohns by-election

Caroline Pidgeon AM visited Camden on Sunday 18th July to help David Bouchier in the Frognal and Fitzjohns by-election.

“It was fantastic to be out and about talking to local residents about a wide range of local issues such as planning concerns, where some people are expanding their homes by going down into the foundations, and the state of the economy nationally.

“David lives locally and knows Belsize, Frognal and Hampstead Village like the back of his hand. I hope local residents will give him their support to be a strong local voice for Frog 'n' Fitz ward” commented Caroline.

Mayor's cuts to Tube ticket offices - "an absolute sham of a consultation"

Caroline Pidgeon, commenting to the Evening Standard, has sharply criticised the Mayor's plans to drastically reduce ticket office services at Tube stations, costing up to 450 jobs and leaving many stations with ticket office staffing for most of the day.

Caroline said:

The Mayor was elected on a clear commitment to keep ticket offices open. His plans to have many closed for most of the day flies in the face of his election commitment. This is an absolute sham of a consultation. If the Mayor really thinks he is consulting Londoners he obviously needs to look up what the word actually means in the dictionary.

You can read the full story at the Evening Standard here.

Ealing and Hounslow Lib Dems put Turnham Green's case to TfL

Liberal Democrats from Ealing and Hounslow met with two senior transport advisors from Transport for London this week.
The meeting came after the request by Ealing Lib Dem Leader Councillor Gary Malcolm, and Caroline Pidgeon, Lib Dem leader on the London Assembly, who want to see the Piccadilly Line tube stop permanently at Turnham Green.

The items discussed at the meeting included:

  • Extending or trialling extensions to the current early and late stopping service at Turnham Green
  • The possibility of introducing a Sunday service
  • Signage and announcements at Turnham Green tube station
  • Replacing the Baron's Court stop with Turnham Green on the Piccadilly Line
  • Signalling of the Piccadilly and District lines

£8,000 wasted on unused Help Points at Neasden station

Caroline Pidgeon, Lib Dem leader in the London Assembly, has joined Brent Lib Dem councillors in criticising Transport for London's waste of £8,000 installing Help Points at Neasden tube station - and never putting them into use for passengers.

The Mayor recently confirmed in answer to a question from Caroline that Neasden is the only tube station to have had Help Points fitted which are then not used. He also confirmed that "on average the cost is £4,000 for the unit. The two disused Help Points at Neasden could have cost around £8,000 of taxpayers’ money.

The national Public Accounts Committee found that £410 million had been wasted by the former Labour Government by failing to properly risk manage of having various parts of the management of the Tube leased to the private sector on 30-year leases.

Caroline backs Felicia Taiwo

On Saturday 26th June, Caroline joined Lib Dem candidate Felicia Taiwo in the Goresbrook ward in Barking. The team knocked on doors talking to local residents about issues from the state of the economy to the need for a strong representative for the area.

“Given that every other councillor in Barking is Labour, local residents clearly felt they need a strong local Champion from their neighbourhood to stand up for Goresbrook. Felicia Taiwo lives locally and is a really energetic person. I hope local residents will back Felicia on Thursday 8th July.”

Photo: Caroline joined Felicia Taiwo and the local Lib Dem team in Goresbrook


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