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Oakwood station accessibility is a disgrace

After her Freedom of Information request revealed that the lifts providing step-free access at Oakwood tube station have been closed 14 times during the past year, and local residents complained of 7 closures in a period of just two weeks, Caroline Pidgeon told the Enfield Independent:

"It is a disgrace that London Underground are denying access to the Tube for many disabled people and others who rely on using a lift at Oakwood Tube station, simply due to a lack of trained staff.

Night bus service set to worsen as the Night Tube approaches

Caroline Pidgeon has criticised Transport for London's plans to cut the frequency of busy night bus routes as soon as the Night Tube service starts, and urged the Mayor not to consider cuts to the frequency of any night time bus services at weekends until the new service is fully operating.

Caroline said:

"It is absolutely vital that people who use night buses across London are not inconvenienced by a reduced service before the Night Tube has even started.”

Upsurge in lift problems at Tube stations harms freedom to travel

Caroline Pidgeon's questions to the Mayor have revealed that between 2013 and 2014, the hours lost due to lift closures on the Tube have risen by 50%, harming the freedom to travel of disabled people and those who depend on step-free access. The main reason was the lack of available trained staff to operate lifts.

Caroline said:

Greenwich cruise liner terminal must address air quality risks

Caroline Pidgeon has written to the Mayor formally requesting that the planning application for a cruise liner terminal in Greenwich be called in for further investigation.

Particularly, Caroline highlights the risks to air quality from ship engines:

Garden Bridge project - murkier than the River Thames

Writing for the Folly For London website on the Garden Bridge project, Caroline Pidgeon takes on the Mayor over the lack of transparency around many aspects of the process:

Yet when it comes to the Garden Bridge this spirit of openness suddenly disappears. Obtaining information about the funding and procurement of the proposed bridge has been a lengthy and torturous process and even now many questions remain unanswered.

Video: Caroline launches her Mayoral campaign and focuses on childcare

London Live filmed the launch of Caroline Pidgeon's campaign to be the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London. Speaking at a nursery school in Islington, Caroline outlined her key priority of making childcare work for working parents:

Brunel Bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf is desperately needed

Welcoming the news that TfL and local business have made £200,000 available for a detailed feasibility study into a bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf, Caroline Pidgeon told the SE16 website:

“Unlike the Garden Bridge this is a bridge that is desperately needed and where public money should be spent.

Time to put knife crime back on the political agenda

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the latest teenage stabbing in Islington, said:

"Over the last few years a widespread and generalised mistruth has built up that knife crime is now somehow under control.

“Sadly the harsh reality is that knife crime has increased across London.

Only proper integration with public transport will make the cable car effective

As the latest disappointing figures on the Thames cable car showed that fewer people use it in a day than use the Tube in just two minutes, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

"Despite the cable car being long established and fast approaching its third anniversary its passenger numbers remain dismal.

"Quite frankly with so much public money spent on the project the best option would be to turn it into an integral form of public transport.

Procurement process for the Garden Bridge must be independently evaluated

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s refusal at today’s Mayor's Question Time to accept a full and independent audit of the procurement process for the design of the Garden Bridge, said:

"Through extensive investigation led by Architect Journal a number of serious issues have arisen about how Heatherwick Studio was awarded the contract for the design of the proposed bridge. It really is odd in the extreme that companies with far greater expertise in designing bridges were marked down on the criteria of ‘relevant design experience’.

"When a former chairman of the Royal Institute of British Architects procurement reform group states that serious questions remain about the selection process you would expect the Mayor of London to directly address the issues of concern.

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