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Mayor admits to bus capacity cuts across London

Boris Johnson has admitted that from this weekend capacity will be cut back on the 436 bus route, a key route which runs from Lewisham through Southwark and Lambeth and onto Paddington. A reduction in capacity is likely to mean more crowded buses as people travel on smaller sized vehicles.

Following questioning from Caroline Pidgeon, the leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group at Wednesday's Mayor Question Time, the Mayor accepted that at all times of the day there would be less capacity on the route. The Mayor conceded that reductions in capacity have also taken place on some other bus routes.

Caroline Pidgeon said:

“The key issue is not whether bendy buses are good or bad, but simply whether people can get on a bus. The Mayor promised to get rid of bendy buses - he didn’t promise to make bus journeys more crowded.

Mayor must urgently listen to cyclists on danger junctions

Commenting following the tragic death of a cyclist on a cycle superhighway in Bow - the 15th cycling death in London this year - Caroline Pidgeon said:

"With London roads seeing a 50 per cent increase in cycle deaths this year it is time the Mayor accepted the need to urgently examine the design of London's most dangerous junctions.

"Instead of lecturing people about cycling the Mayor must start to listen to the concerns of cyclists."

Caroline, along with Simon Hughes MP, and Lib Dem London Assembly candidate for Lambeth and Southwark, Rob Blackie, joined several hundred local cyclists on a bike ride around London's ten most dangerous junctions, to raise awareness of cycle safety issues and protest at TfL's lack of progress in safeguarding cyclists and pedestrians.

We still have a long way to go to make streets safe for cyclists

Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s reply to her questions about cycle safety and TfL’s limited proposals that were announced today to improve conditions for London cyclists, said:

“The harsh fact is that 14 cyclists have already died on London’s roads this year compared to 10 last year. These figures speak for themselves about the need for urgent action.

“Today’s measures announced by TfL are therefore welcome, but there is still much more that must be done to ensure London’s roads are far safer for cyclists.

Metal theft costs £1bn a year and causes severe transport disruption

The London Assembly has unanimously backed Caroline Pidgeon's motion calling for cash payments for scrap metal to be outlawed - alongside the introduction of tougher penalties for metal and cable theft - to help end the increasing disruption and distress thieves are causing.

Proposing the motion, Caroline said:
“The theft of metal is costing the economy around a billion pounds and causing serious disruption to passengers – and it’s getting worse.

Mayor and TfL have learned nothing on Remembrance Sunday closures

Speaking to the Evening Standard about the news that - in a repeat of what happened in 2010 - there will be extensive tube closures on Remembrance Sunday, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

It is simply staggering that the Mayor and TfL have failed to learn any lessons from the mistakes made last year when so much of the tube and London transport was closed or disrupted on Remembrance Sunday. If there is one weekend of the year when getting around London should not be hit by closures and partial closures surely it is this weekend.

Make cycling safe: enough is enough

Caroline Pidgeon wrote this article in the 28th October 2011 edition of Lib Dem News:

Min Joo Lee is probably not a name you will recognise. However the death of this 24-year Korean fashion student could well be starting a revolution in cycling in London and possibly further afield.

Incredibly she is the 13th person to die on London’s roads this year. In 2010 there were “just” 10 deaths. When this year’s death toll for cyclists already surpasses the figure for the last year, we should all be very worried.

Caroline puts pressure on TfL over King's Cross cycling safety

The BBC reports on Caroline Pidgeon's questions challenging the Mayor over the continued unsafe conditions for cyclists around King's Cross.

The report points out that despite TfL's claims to be actively working on improvements for all road users, the Mayor was asked about this by Caroline in September 2010 and would not commit to any action:

Question by Caroline Pidgeon on 15 September 2010

You have acknowledged that safety on the King's Cross one-way system through the boroughs of Camden and Islington needs addressing. Pursuant to your answers to MQs (1053/2010), (547/2010) and (2701/2009), can you tell me:

a) What has been the result, if any, of your discussions about "speed issues" on the King's Cross one-way system with the London Borough of Islington?

b) Whether a new design for the Caledonian Road/Pentonville Road junction is now ready, and whether this will improve road safety for pedestrians?

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.


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