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Just why were cycle tracks dropped from the proposed Garden Bridge?

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on a report published in Architects Journal about lobbying for the Garden Bridge, based on correspondence between the Mayor and Joanna Lumley, said:

We now know that back in May 2012 the Mayor was lobbied to support the Garden Bridge and at this stage was specifically told by Joanna Lumley that the proposed bridge would have segregated cycle tracks.

The fact that a significant change in policy then took place to ban cyclists from using the bridge, apparently at the sole insistence of Joanna Lumley, raises significant questions about how the changing views of one individual can then lead to such an important revision in the architectural design of a major project.

Victory for Twickenham residents as footbridge is saved

Caroline Pidgeon has congratulated Twickenham MP’s Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat ward councillors and local residents for ensuring that Transport for London have abandoned their plans to remove a footbridge over the A316 Chertsey Road.

When TfL’s plans were first announced last June they met with huge outrage.

However, after an extensive local campaign and a massive response from local residents to the TfL consultation, it has been decided to keep the bridge for at least two years.

The tube is delayed 170 times a year due to overcrowding

As a Freedom of Information request revealed that the Tube averages 170 delays per year due to overcrowding, Caroline Pidgeon told the LondonLovesBusiness website:

“While there has been some reduction in Tube delays in the last few years it is a real concern that delays caused by overcrowded trains remain so high, especially on the Jubilee Line.

“These figures provide a powerful case for further increasing the frequency of trains on this line in particular.”

The Mayor needs to decide - is the cable car is a tourist attraction or public transport?

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on news that the cable car appears to have no regular commuters, following a freedom of information request made by Darryl Chamberlain of the 853 blog, said:

"It is amazing that the cable car had no regular customers during a recent week in October.

“The cable car should either be run as a tourist attraction or alternatively as an integral form of public transport, where people with a relevant travelcard can travel for free and an Oyster Pay As You Go fare should be the same as a single bus fare.

Taking on TfL over transport closures at popular events

City AM reports on Caroline Pidgeon's efforts to challenge the Mayor and TfL on recent issues where transport facilities have been closed down and impeded the public from visiting busy events - particularly the poppy exhibition at the Tower of London, and the England vs Germany women's football at Wembley.

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 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”. ...


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