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TfL employees' parking fines - a waste of money and a double standard

As a Freedom of Information request revealed that Transport for London has payed £170,000 in the last four years to cover its own employees' parking fines, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

"These fines are not only a serious waste of money by TfL but they also show that too many TfL staff believe in the mantra of 'do as I say, not as I do' when it comes to traffic enforcement..

"Transport for London has no hesitation in handing out penalty charge notices for people who park on red routes or who get caught in yellow boxes.

The Mayor needs to act to ensure the safety of children in care

Speaking to London Live about her work on the issues of children going missing from local authority care in London, and the urgency of this issue in the light of the findings around abused children in Rotherham, Caroline Pidgeon said:

South-east London needs Bakerloo extension to unleash its potential

As a public consultation began on plans to extend the Bakerloo line to Old Kent Road, Catford, Beckenham and Bromley, Caroline Pidgeon expressed her strong support for the extension and commented:

“Extending the Tube into Southwark, Lewisham and Bromley would unleash huge economic opportunities.

“After decades of being left behind it is time south-east London was given the transport links it needs to truly unleash its potential.”

TfL made staggering failures in handling Bombardier contract

A report commissioned by Transport for London has highlighted multiple failures in the handling of a contract awarded to Bombardier for tube signalling upgrades, which collapsed leaving behind an estimated £100m loss for taxpayers.

Commenting on the findings, Caroline Pidgeon said:

TfL needs to show urgency in tackling telecoms waste

The Mayor's Independent Investment Programme Group has reviewed Transport for London's £200m annual spending on telecommunications, and rated it as "not fit for purpose", with duplication, fragmentation and missed opportunities.

Caroline Pidgeon commented:

“TfL needs to show real urgency in tackling what appears to be significant waste in telecommunications. It seems that these savings are low lying fruit which TfL should have picked a long time ago. The public would be far more understanding about changes that directly affect them, such as ending cash fares on buses, if significant internal waste had truly been eradicated first.”

Southwark Lib Dems campaign for two Bakerloo branches

The proposed extension of the Bakerloo tube line should include two new routes through Southwark – one down the Old Kent Road, and another through Camberwell.

That’s the vision of Liberal Democrats in the borough, who are launching a new campaign to push the Mayor and Southwark Council into action on the issue.

Subsidising gun licence costs is indefensible

Responding to figures showing that the Metropolitan Police spent £3 million more in processing gun licence applications than they received in fees, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

"When there are so many pressures on police resources it is indefensible that the Met should be subsidising gun owners by millions of pounds every year.

"The full cost of carrying out vital checks before the issuing of gun licences should be paid for entirely by gun owners themselves.

Contactless payment must not disadvantage travellers without bank accounts

As September's introduction of contactless payments on the Tube, DLR and Overground approaches, Caroline Pidgeon reiterated concerns about the details of the scheme and how it may impact passengers without access to a bank account:

"After such long delays in introducing this technology, we now need real honesty from the mayor and Transport for London, as to how contactless payment will really operate.

Islington police failed to answer basic questions on Arsenal hospitality

As three police officers face a misconduct inquiry over the handling of an investigation involving an Arsenal footballer, bringing to light eight years of free season tickets given by the club to the Metropolitan Police, Caroline Pidgeon said:

"Before accepting any hospitality every police officer should ask fundamental questions as to whether acceptance is good for policing and how it would be perceived by the public.

Met should be open about costs of vital surveillance work

As a "mystery" Cessna plane flying over London sparked speculation on its potential use for surveillance, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

Of course the Met needs to defend some secrecy over its surveillance work, however you can't put planes up over London without people noticing. It would be best if the Met simply admitted that vital surveillance work takes place and at the same time was open about the costs of such operations.

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