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Questioning the Mayor on Canary Wharf conflict of interest

The London Cycling Campaign website has a report on the last Mayor's Question Time, where Caroline Pidgeon questioned the Mayor on the consultation process for creating segregated cycle superhighways - and particularly on the potential conflict of interest around the role of the finance director of Canary Wharf Group.

Mayor to consider Rotherhithe–Canary Wharf cycling bridge proposal

At Mayor's Question Time last week, Caroline Pidgeon expressed her support for a cycling bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf - which would increase cycling, provide an alternative to the congested Jubilee line, and provide a river crossing where it is really needed.

The Mayor has agreed to review proposals for the "Brunel Bridge" by sustainable transport advocacy group Sustrans.

Stop rewarding failed contractors

On behalf of the London Assembly Transport Committee which she chairs, Caroline Pidgeon has criticised Transport for London's decision to pay £80m to Bombardier Transport on terminating a contract which Bombardier had failed to deliver on.

Caroline said:

"How is it possible that Bombardier's woeful failure to deliver was rewarded with a fat cheque?

TfL's excuses for sweltering buses are more hot air

As a Freedom of Information request revealed that temperatures on the Mayor's "new Routemaster" buses can reach 34 degrees Celsius - above the legal limit even for transporting livestock - Caroline Pidgeon told the politics.co.uk website:

"Pretending that there is not a problem with the new bus for London is simply not an option for the Mayor and TfL.

Concerns about the Garden Bridge

In a Guardian article by Rowan Moore, Caroline Pidgeon discusses some concerns about the project to build a Garden Bridge from Temple to the South Bank:

These rapid changes of position caused Caroline Pidgeon, the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the London Assembly, to spot a pattern. The mayor’s statements on the bridge had been “totally false, just as with his past claims about the funding of the cycle hire scheme and the Thames cable car”. ...

Silencing the Waterloo Tannoy will make it inaccessible to the blind

As South West Trains plans a trial of silencing Tannoy announcements at Waterloo station, Caroline Pidgeon expressed her strong opposition to a plan that will make travel much harder for passengers with visual disabilities.

“This is one of the most absurd decisions by a train company I have ever come across. Visual and audible announcements are vital... and it would be a scandal if such an important station as Waterloo was made inaccessible to any of its passengers.”

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:

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