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Croydon pedestrian crossings not safe for visually impaired people

The Inside Croydon blog reports that - as discovered from figures that Caroline Pidgeon forced Transport for London to publish - seven pedestrian crossings in the borough do not meet the minimum requirements for visually impaired people to be safe:

  • Brighton Road at Old Lodge Lane fire station
  • On the Purley Way at Epsom Road
  • Brighton Road at Bartlett Street and Nottingham Road
  • St James Road and Sydenham Road
  • Whitehorse Road by St James Road and Spurgeons Bridge
  • Purley Way at Foxley Lane and Pampisford Road

Reopening of former Eurostar platform at Waterloo is a welcome step

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Transport spokesperson, today welcomed the announcement by Transport Secretary Justine Greening MP that passengers on some lines serving commuters on a number of the busiest rail routes from south west London into Waterloo are set to benefit from extra carriages to ease overcrowding, and that one platform at the former Waterloo International Station is to be reopened for commuter services.

Commenting on the decision, Caroline Pidgeon said:

Boxing Day tube strike is the last thing London needs

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the High Court ruling confirming that a tube strike will go ahead on Boxing Day said:

"This strike is unwelcome as it will harm London's retailers, disrupt numerous Boxing Day events and lead to more cars on London's roads - it is the last thing London needs.

"Londoners who are just days away from being hit by large tube fare rises will find it hard to understand why this strike is really necessary."

In memory of 16 cyclists

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined London Cycling Campaign, cyclists, pedestrians and family members of the 16 cyclists who have died on London’s roads in 2011 at a vigil at King’s Cross on Tuesday 20th December.

Mark Ames, who writes the ibikelondon blog, spoke of the tragic cycle deaths and serious collisions on our roads as well as those pedestrians who have been injured or died.

A minute’s silence was held when the hundreds of people present remembered:
Ellie Carey, 22
Svitlana Tereschenko, 34
Brian Dorling, 58
Deep Lee, 24
Sam Harding, 25
Johannah Bailey, 49
Paul McGreal, 44
Michael Evans, 62
Thomas Stone, 13
Naoko Miyazaki, 35
Gavin Taylor, 40
Paula Jurek, 20
David Poblet, 20
Tom Barrett, 44
Daniel Cox, 28
Gary Mason, 48

Vigil to remember cyclist's tragic death in Southwark

Caroline Pidgeon AM and Simon Hughes MP joined local residents and councillors in a vigil on the evening of 14th December, in memory of Ellie Carey, a cyclist who died in a collision with a lorry at the corner of Abbey Street and Tower Bridge Road in Bermondsey.

Simon Hughes called for an end to the "carnage that shouldn't be" due to unacceptable danger cyclists face on London streets - which Caroline Pidgeon is continuing to fight for action on in the London Assembly.

Publish London’s most dangerous roads for cyclists

Speaking as the London Assembly voted for a motion asking TfL to publish details of London's most dangerous road junctions for cyclists, and to review how to make each one safe, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“Every death on our roads is a tragedy for the families concerned, but one which could be avoided by designing a better junction is a stain on our transport system. We owe it to all Londoners to ensure every sinew is strained to make cycling in London as safe and pleasant a way to travel as it can and should be.”

"Wave and pay" plans for London transport are unconvincing

Watch the video to the right to hear Caroline discuss the future of ticketing.

In a report published, today the London Assembly's transport committee has warned of the risks with TfL's plans to adopt "wave and pay" bank card technology on London's transport network.

The new system is expected to be up and running on all of London's 8000 buses in time for the 2012 Olympic Games, and rolled out onto the Tube, DLR, Tram and London Overground network before the end of 2012 - but the committee's report describes this plan as "unconvincing" and highlights issues around data security, the costs of the scheme, and its impact on the 20% of Londoners without access to credit or debit cards.

Mayor's Question Time - complacency on cycle safety continues

The Arts London website and the Camden New Journal report on Mayor's Question Time this week - with Boris Johnson failing to commit to concrete action on cycling safety.

Caroline Pidgeon challenged Boris Johnson:

You've said you will personally look at cyclist fatalities but do you regret that at last week's TfL board not one board member raised the issue of the two recent tragic deaths on London's roads, and challenged TfL or Mr Hendy as to what TfL is doing to make the roads safer?

London roads must be safer for cyclists

Writing for the London24 website, Caroline Pidgeon addresses what needs to be done to make cycling in London safe:

Firstly, we must recognise that the primary cause of cycle fatalities is lorries colliding with cyclists.

The Mayor has announced some limited proposals, including training advice for cyclists, but it is only a start.

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.

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