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Lib Dems arrange a tube demo to persuade TFL to upgrade the Piccadilly Line

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate, held a demo outside Turnham Green tube station with local councillors and residents to get TFL to upgrade the Piccadilly Line signal sooner. This would mean that tubes could stop there throughout the day (usually only the District line stops there).

Caroline said:

Making London a truly cycling city

On 8th February, Caroline visited British Cycling - the governing body for cycle racing - and spent time with Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Boardman discussing cycling and how Liberal Democrats plan to make London a truly Cycling City.

Caroline said:

A record of commitment and action on disability issues

Writing for the Disability Talk website, Caroline Pidgeon sets out her record of taking action as an Assembly member for disabled people, and focuses on her policy priorities as Mayoral candidate - in transport, housing, employment opportunities, and the take-up of benefits.

Read Caroline's full article here.

Alarming increase in tube delays due to overcrowding must be reversed

Tube delays caused by overcrowding have soared in the last two years new figures obtained by Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson have revealed.

Caroline Pidgeon, commenting on the figures she obtained from the Mayor of London said:

“These figures demonstrate that improvements to the Tube are in some cases not even keeping up with the rising demand for travel created by London’s booming population and record number of tourists.

Mayor agrees to Caroline Pidgeon’s proposals to help tackle knife crime

The Mayor’s decision to extend funding for the work of the charities RedThread and Oasis Youth, which support young victims of knife crime, has been warmly welcomed by Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, who personally urged the Mayor to support these organisations last December. The need to support such organisations was a key recommendation in Caroline’s report on tackling knife crime in London, which was published last November.

The Mayor must end his Garden Bridge cover-up

Commenting on the details emerging about the irregular process that approved the Garden Bridge contract - including secret meetings by the Mayor in San Francisco to raise funds for the project before it had been put out for tender - Caroline Pidgeon told the Architects' Journal:

Pedestrianising Oxford Street

Dave Hill writes in the Guardian on present and past proposals to pedestrianise Oxford Street - pointing out Caroline Pidgeon's advocacy of it, and the support from Lib Dem mayoral candidates back to Simon Hughes in 2004.

Read the full article here.

Welcoming a ban on killer knives

As the Independent reports that the Home Office plans to ban knives with no legitimate use, Caroline Pidgeon has welcomed the measure:

“Despite all the rhetoric by so many Westminster politicians about being tough on knife crime, the reality is that many practical policies have for too long not been properly adopted to tackle the horrendous loss of young lives caused by knife crime.

Londoners just want someone who can get the job done - interview from Caroline

In an interview with the Richmond and Twickenham Times, Caroline Pidgeon talks about the mayoral election campaign so far, and a wide range of issues from Heathrow expansion, to solutions for the housing crisis.

On the campaign as a whole, Caroline says:

"The race is still wide open.

"People don’t know the candidates tremendously well this time round, and there has been a great response to the fact that I am a woman.

It is a mockery to claim there was an open and fair competition over Garden Bridge

Caroline Pidgeon and other members of the London Assembly's GLA Oversight Committee put pressure on the Mayor this week about the process that has been followed to award Heatherwick Studio the contract for the Garden Bridge.

Speaking after the committee meeting, Caroline said:

“You don’t start lobbying for investment in a specific scheme when it has not been selected unless you are absolutely certain of the outcome.

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