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Mayor must get on top of the cable car project

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s reply to her question at today's Mayor Question Time, asking when the Thames cable car will be open to passengers, said:

"For the Mayor to state that the cable car will be completed when 'it’s good and ready' is totally unbelievable.

"It is simply staggering that the Mayor is throwing around £57 million of public money at the Thames Cable Car yet is totally incapable of giving any assurance as to when it will be open. The Mayor should get on top of this flagship project.”

Mayor’s unbelievable latest broken promise over Jubilee Line

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s admission made today at City Hall that substantial improvements in capacity on the Jubilee Line will only be completed by the Autumn, said:

“Passengers will find it truly unbelievable that there is yet another delay to when the Jubilee Line will be operating at full capacity, seven days a week.

“Today’s admission is the fourth broken promise made by the Mayor as to when improvements to the Jubilee Line will finally be completed.

Another week, another broken Jubilee Line promise

A promise made by the Mayor of London and Transport for London that an improved timetable and increased capacity will be seen on the Jubilee Line from early July will not now happen, according to new documents discovered by Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group.

As recently as the 28th April Transport for London issued a press release stating that a new timetable will be introduced on the Jubilee Line to increase capacity and reliability from 24 to 27 trains an hour “from July”, with the clear suggestion that the improvements would start from the very beginning of the month.

However, only last week, papers tabled at an internal TfL meeting showed that the new timetable was actually planned to only start on 31st July 2011, in effect a month later than promised.

Assembly committee launches investigation into Tube upgrade performance

The London Assembly Transport Committee today launches an investigation into how the Tube is performing, looking line by line at what the upgrade programme has delivered, compared to what it promised.

The Tube is now busier than ever in its history, but the timetable for the upgrade programme - which is has a target of a 30 per cent increase in overall capacity by 2020 - has slipped, particularly on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.

Why are there yet more delays on the Jubilee Line?

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on today’s admission by the Mayor and Transport for London that weekend closures and upgrade work on the Jubilee Line will not be completed until July, said:

“The Mayor, who is Chair of Transport for London, must now apologise to Londoners for this further delay in completing the upgrade of the Jubilee Line.

Caroline backs campaign to save lives of cyclists

Across London's roads regrettably, about one cyclist dies every month, with a disproportionate amount of these fatalities being women struck by left-turning lorries. There are measures that be taken to prevent these deaths, especially through the use of the Triximirror. This is s simple device, mounted at a junction, that allows a lorry driver a clear view of their left hand side as they pass through intersections. Despite their low cost, there are just 30 Triximirrors in operation across London.

A campaign to ensure their roll-out across London has been started by campaigners in Camden. You can see full details of the campaign, which has the full support of Caroline, here at the Guardian website.

You can also support the campaign by signing the petition here.

Mayor needs to answer key questions over cable car proposals

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s announcement of a lead contractor to construct London’s cable car, said:

“A cable car crossing the Thames is a great idea, but it is a great idea being let down by poor financial planning and a lack of openness.

“The Mayor must now come clean and state why as recently as July 2010 he was claiming the cable car would cost £25 million, but already its projected cost has doubled.

“At long last” - Caroline welcomes new approach to Tube upgrades

Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on a new approach being adopted by London Underground to upgrade work on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines where there will be no weekend closures simply for signalling installation and testing work, said:

”At long last Transport for London and the Mayor have woken up to the fact that a new approach to upgrading the tube is possible which avoids the utter misery of closing whole tube lines.

Caroline Pidgeon slams Greenwich Foot Tunnel fiasco

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and Vice Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, commenting on the recent admission by Greenwich Council that Greenwich Foot Tunnel will now only be fully open 24 hours a day from some time in June, said:

"The 1.5 million people who use the Greenwich Foot Tunnel every year have been totally let down by Greenwich Council.

Yes to Fairer Votes!

Caroline joined the national launch of the Yes to the Alternative Campaign held at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre in Lambeth. The campaign has the backing of people ranging from Eddie Izzard to Martin Bell and Kriss Akabusi.

The referendum to make the voting system fairer and ensure that all MPs must receive the backing of 50 per cent of their constituents is being held on Thursday 5th May.

For details of the campaign launch see the BBC website and London SE1 website.

To find out more about why the Alternative Vote campaign is so important and how you can get involved click here, visit the Yes To Fairer Votes site here.

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