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Walking incentive is a welcome step forward from TfL

Lib Dem Leader on the London Assembly, and Transport Committee chair, Caroline Pidgeon AM, today welcomed Transport for London’s plans to reward people who make their journey on foot or by bike under a new incentive scheme, saying:

“This incentive scheme is a very welcome step by Transport for London as it is exactly the kind of thing I pushed for in my report on walking last year.

“Around a quarter of all journeys in the capital are already made on foot but rewarding people with offers and discounts should help get even more Londoners walking.

Catford residents win battle for safety at the Tiger's Head junction

Campaigners are celebrating after Transport for London (TfL) finally agreed to make improvements to a dangerous road junction in Catford.

For years the local Residents' Association, Lib Dem councillors and Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon have been calling for better pedestrian crossing facilities at the junction of Bromley Road and Whitefoot Lane, the former site of the Tiger's Head. There have been numerous accidents and 'near misses' at the junction.

Caroline Pidgeon the chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee said, "After six years of false promises from both Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson, it is wonderful that much-needed pedestrian improvements will finally be made to this dangerous junction.”

Blackfriars Bridge needs to be safe for cyclists and pedestrians

Caroline recently joined more than 2000 cyclists in a 'flashride' protest against the Mayor's plans for Blackfriars Bridge which threaten to make the crossing far more dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. Caroline was also joined by Brian Paddick, the newly selected Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate.

No excuses for Tube policy of not helping visually impaired people

The London24 website has obtained an internal memo revealing London Underground's policy of not providing assistance to people with visual impairments during the rush hour at Victoria.

Caroline Pidgeon commented:

Incredibly, only last week the mayor was boasting that the London Underground was becoming more accessible for visually impaired people. As chair of Transport for London he must ensure that this guidance is immediately withdrawn.

Cycle hire scheme a long way from being self-funding

The Evening Standard reports that the cycle hire scheme is now expected to raise only £7m in revenue this year, compared to the £18m originally forecast, because TfL overestimated the lengths of journeys.

Caroline told the Standard:

It is clear that the Mayor's pledge that the scheme would be self funding isn't going to happen any time soon.

You can read the full article here.

TfL needs to go further in protecting minicab passengers

At Mayor's Question Time on 14th September, Caroline Pidgeon pressed the Mayor to ensure that TfL does more to protect minicab passengers by enforcing safety rules and background checks on drivers.

Caroline asked:

Boris Johnson's bus route changes bring more overcrowding to South London

Two key bus routes which run from Lewisham, through Southwark, Lambeth and into Westminster are set to become far more crowded, predicts Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson.

The Mayor and Transport for London are now planning huge changes to the timetable for the 436 and 453 bus routes, when new buses replace the current bendy buses.

Through detailed research Caroline Pidgeon has revealed that the new bus routes will cause a serious reduction in bus capacity (the number of people who can sit, or safely stand on a bus) on the 436 bus route of:

Success in campaign for guide dogs on Tube escalators

Following campaigning by Caroline Pidgeon for guide dogs to be allowed on tube escalators, Transport for London and the Government have formally lifted the ban. With effect from 5th October, trained assistance dogs for disabled people will be legally allowed on Tube, DLR and Overground escalators.

Caroline told the Evening Standard:

The ban on visually impaired people being able to take guide dogs on to moving escalators on the Tube and other parts of London’s transport network is outdated and wrong.

Mayor's Routemaster record - £7.8m for just five buses

Talking to the Evening Standard about the Mayor's hurry to get new Routemaster buses on the road in time for next year's mayoral election, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

Boris Johnson was elected back in 2008 on a clear pledge to Londoners that he would introduce a brand new Routemaster with conductors.

His actual record sees bus fares hiked up by 55 per cent, more overcrowding and £7.8 million spent on just five Routemaster buses.

You can read the full article here.

Mayor's roadworks "action" is an election gimmick

Talking to the Evening Standard about the Mayor's recently announced policy to "name and shame" firms responsible for disruptive or neglected roadworks, Caroline Pidgeon said:

After three and a half years in City Hall the Mayor should have slashed roadworks by now. Instead we have just another set of gimmicks as we approach next year's elections. It is action, not words that matter when it comes to tackling London's chronic congestion.

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