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Caroline welcomes scrapping of the western congestion zone

Commenting on the news that the Mayor of London Boris Johnson is to scrap the western extension of the Congestion Charge zone, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and Transport spokesperson Caroline Pidgeon said:

"It is good that that this ill-conceived idea will be abandoned. The western extension of the Congestion Charge zone encouraged thousands of residents to drive into central London, putting the original scheme at risk.

Lib Dems meet London's Polish community

Liberal Democrat London Assembly Members Caroline Pidgeon, Dee Doocey and Mike Tuffrey hosted a meeting for London's Polish community on Monday evening. As well as Assembly members, guest speakers included Nick Clegg MP, leader of the Liberal Democrats and the Mayor of Islington Council Cllr Stefan Kasprzyk.

Could Portsmouth’s 20mph approach work on London’s roads?

Caroline travelled with the London Assembly’s Transport Committee to Portsmouth on Tuesday 18 November, to assess how effectively the 20mph limit introduced on all residential streets is improving road safety in the seaside city.

Does the new Oyster contract deliver value for money?

Commenting on the announcement today by Transport for London of the agreement of a new contract for the future management and development of the Oyster card system and other ticketing services, Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on transport at the London Assembly said:

Footbridge returns to North Sheen station

Commenting on the news that North Sheen rail station is to have its pedestrian footbridge restored by Network Rail so that it serves both sides of the Manor Road crossing, Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson at the London Assembly, said:

"I am delighted to have been able to work with Susan Kramer and the local Lib Dem Councillors to get top rail people together in Richmond for a summit to thrash out the issues. This is great news for local people and will stop people risking their lives just to get a train.

Action on Vauxhall taxi touting

Caroline recently held an action meeting at Vauxhall Cross with local Lib Dem Cllr Rob Banks and a representative from Viva Vauxhall Residents’ Association. Representatives from Transport for London (TfL), the police and the Public Carriage Office (PCO) attended to talk about the issue of taxi touting in the area and to come up with an action plan to try to tackle this nuisance and dangerous issue.

The following actions were agreed:

  • TfL will clarify police powers under the Road Traffic Act 1998 to seize motor vehicles being driven without valid insurance;
  • TfL will explore the options of changing the use of the taxi parking places on South Lambeth Place to accommodate Private Hire Vehicle (licensed mini-cabs) drop off and pick up;
  • PCO to advise on good practice in other areas such as in Kingston town centre to see if we can persuade Lambeth Council to adopt suitable solutions;
  • TfL to establish a problem solving group to tackle taxi touting in Vauxhall. Members to include the local police safer neighbourhoods team; PCO; Metropolitan Police Service cab enforcement unit; local resident representatives; local Private Hire operators.

Mayor must seek private funding

Caroline Pidgeon AM, London Assembly Liberal Democrat lead on transport, commenting on Transport for London's Ten Year Business Plan, published today, said:

“It is staggering that schemes such as the Cross River Tram, the Croydon Tramlink Extension, East London Transit, Greenwich Waterfront Transit and plans for an Oxford street tram appear to have been scrapped with nothing in their place apart from, perhaps, a few more polluting diesel buses.

Boris has a way to go before Transport Strategy is ready

Caroline Pidgeon AM, London Assembly Liberal Democrat lead on transport, commenting on Mayor Boris Johnson’s 31-page document “Way To Go”, published today, said:

“There is much to welcome in Way To Go, but it is alarming that key projects like the Cross River Tram and DLR extensions are dismissed as ‘political’ when they have a strong business case and would regenerate disadvantaged communities at a time of economic downturn.

Will Londoners ever be asked about the new Routemaster?

Commenting on the news that a total of 225 entries were received by the Mayor’s office in the competition to provide designs for a new Routemaster-style bus for London, Caroline Pidgeon AM, the Liberal Democrats’ transport spokesperson at the London Assembly, says: "It’s good the Mayor received so many entries but it’d be interesting to know how many are realistic, viable designs.

"But what worries me is when will the actual users of the buses, and indeed all of London’s road-users, ever get to have their say on the ideas?"

Boris: “amazing ignorance on transport” – Caroline Pidgeon AM

Caroline Pidgeon AM, the Liberal Democrats’ transport spokesperson at the London Assembly, says the Mayor, also the chair of Transport for London, is clearly not fully clued up on the capital’s transport issues.

Caroline says: “Mayor Johnson floundered when asked key questions of fact on whether London transport will be ready for the 2012 Olympics.

“He was clueless about TfL’s £40 million cutback on the North London Line at Camden Road station which will mean only six trains an hour to Stratford instead of eight.

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