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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

Caroline supports the Chadwell Lib Dems

Caroline joined John Tyne and the local Chadwell Lib Dem Focus Team in Redbridge to support his candidacy in the Chadwell Ward by-election on 8th July.

John was previously the Councillor for twelve years, and was narrowly beaten in May.

“It was great to meet local residents and discuss their concerns. We also looked at issues with the subway, which I’ll be tabling questions to the Mayor about soon” commented Caroline Pidgeon AM.

Caroline joins Terry Curtis in Tulse Hill campaign

Caroline joined Terry Curtis on Saturday out and about in Tulse Hill meeting local people and hearing their issues and concerns. Terry Curtis has been selected to stand in the Council By-Election on 1st July. Terry has lived in Tulse Hill for over 50 years, chairs the local police Safer Neighbourhood Panel and represents local tenants and leaseholders as Chair of the St Martin's Estate Board, where he lives.

“It was super to meet local people with Terry Curtis, who is so well known in the area. We received a really warm welcome on the doorstep and were able to discuss issues such as traffic calming and local policing” commented Caroline.

Campaigning with Camden Lib Dems in Haverstock

Leader of the Liberal Democrats at City Hall, Caroline Pidgeon AM, joined Haverstock Liberal Democrats – Rahel Bokth, Jill Fraser, and Matt Sanders – on Saturday to help them with their council by-election on Tuesday 25th May. The team were in good spirits and many local residents were pledging their support for the hard working local team, who all live in the ward.

Matt and Jill have been councillors for a number of years and have a really strong track record of campaigning for local people from protecting Talacre Gardens, to getting the local library open for longer and securing extra police for our streets.

The by-election was caused by the sad death of Lib Dem candidate Cllr Syed Hoque in the campaign.

Stanmore station needs real action on step-free access

Lib Dem London Transport Spokesperson Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Harrow East Lib Dem campaigner Nahid Boethe at Stanmore station in the run up to the General Election to look at the serious issue of step free access. Harrow Liberal Democrats were collecting signatures for a petition to make the station properly step free. Despite the station being described as 'step free' the reality is that at Stanmore Tube station wheelchair users not only face a very long journey to access the ramp but they also face a step between the platform and the trains.

"It is just disgraceful that at present there are no plans to improve access at Stanmore tube station until 2016 at the earliest. This situation is totally unacceptable, especially as the station is widely used by patients from across London who need to visit the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital" commented Caroline Pidgeon.

One last chance for Surrey Canal Road station

A key meeting next week will probably be the final chance to secure funding for Surrey Canal Road station on the East London Line. This week Boris Johnson confirmed to Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, that funding of the station will be one of the key issues on the agenda of a meeting being held next week (Thursday 27th May) between the Mayor of London and Philip Hammond MP, the new Secretary of State for Transport.

Audioboo interviews Caroline Pidgeon after Nick Clegg event

The Audioboo website has an interview with Caroline Pidgeon, following an event at which Nick Clegg talked with Lambeth voters.

Caroline says:

If you support our movement for change, and to clean up politics once and for all, you need to vote Liberal Democrat in these seats.

Listen to the full interview here.

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