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Southern Rail timetable reductions are an act of desperation

Caroline Pidgeon has expressed passengers' disappointment and frustration with Southern Rail's recent service, in a letter to the franchise's parent company Govia:

"[The decision to reduce train frequencies is an] act of desperation which fails to address the underlying reasons of why your current (full) service cannot be maintained to a reasonable level.

“Your service has also impacted and caused economic harm for many London businesses as well.”

£223m in cash left on Oyster cards

As the cash balance on dormant Oyster cards hit £223m, Caroline Pidgeon has called for TfL to do more to return it to passengers:

"It obviously suits TfL’s cash flow situation to be sitting on a huge mountain of unclaimed money from dormant Oyster cards but we should never forget that people are always entitled to claim back their own money.

Honesty over fares and investment needed in London’s transport has never been more important

Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, commenting on the Mayor’s announcement over his future plans for transport fares, said:

“Sadiq Khan’s manifesto specifically said that Londoners won’t pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today. There were no ifs, or buts, in that statement.

“The reality is that many Londoners will see their travelcards rise over the next few years. What we have found out today feels like a very early broken promise from London’s new Mayor.

One Hour Bus Ticket is welcome - now let's see half price early fares

Commenting on the Mayor's announcement confirming the introduction of a 'one hour bus ticket', Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon said:

"The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for a One Hour Bus Ticket for the best part of a decade in London. I welcome our policy being adopted by London's new mayor and hope that he will go further and also implement our policy for half price travel for journeys on the transport network before 7.30am."

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:

Stop shameful growth in tax avoidance in TfL

As new figures reveal that the number of TfL employees paid "off the books" to reduce tax has more than doubled in the last five years, Caroline Pidgeon has called on the Mayor to clamp down. The number of temporary employees at TfL paid via personal service companies reached 2,296 last December: nearly 400 were paid over £100,000 a year, and 20 received more than £150,000.

Caroline said:

Banning HGVs at peak times will make the roads safer for everyone

Liberal Democrat London Mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon has launched a campaign calling for all HGVs and construction vehicles to be banned from central London at peak hours.

The measure is aimed at improving road safety, particularly for cyclists, and reducing freight traffic on London's roads.

Caroline is also calling on everyone working in the construction industry to adopt standards including direct vision lorry cabs, and the confidential reporting of bad practice.

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.

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