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Success of the Hopper ticket shows need for Mayor to pinch more fare policies from his opponents

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the forthcoming first anniversary of the Hopper ticket and the news that over one hundred million journeys have been made with the Hopper bus ticket said:

"I have been campaigning for a One Hour Bus Ticket for the best part of a decade in London so I very much welcome the success of the Hopper ticket over the last year.

No excuses for repeating Piccadilly line misery

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the independent report examining the causes of the delays and disruption on the Piccadilly Line over the past two years, said:

“The service provided by the Piccadilly Line has been shocking in recent years.

Welcome news that Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf bridge is on track

Assurances that the much needed pedestrian and cycle bridge between Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf is on schedule and could be open to the public by 2020 or 2021 were obtained by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, at August's Mayor’s Question Time.

The Mayor also confirmed that he expects major landowners in the nearby area, who will benefit from the bridge, to contribute to the project, alongside funding from TfL.

Caroline talks to TaxiPoint

Caroline Pidgeon spoke to the TaxiPoint website and discussed, among other things, the future of the taxi trade:

Tackling the price of electric taxis is central to their high take up

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on TfL's to help taxi drivers ditch the dirtiest diesel taxis, said:

“Today’s announcement is little more than a re-announcement of existing policies.

“Support to encourage taxi drivers to retire the most polluting diesel black cabs is obviously welcome. However for the policy to be a real success drivers must have the confidence that there will be no significant financial penalties for purchasing Zero Emission Capable taxis.

Delivery of Crossrail 2 must not be held up by any more dithering

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the joint statement on Crossrail 2 from the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“We should be encouraged that the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for London are at long last even talking together about how to take Crossrail 2 forward.

Hundreds of thousands more passengers face chronic Tube overcrowding without Crossrail 2

As the Mayor of London and Secretary of State for Transport met to discuss the progress of Crossrail 2, Caroline Pidgeon AM said:

“Overcrowding on the Underground is already a daily battle, with many passengers facing regular delays to simply get through barriers at stations.

“Unless Crossrail 2 is built these delays will increasingly build up until drastic measures are necessary at 17 key Tube stations, not to mention Clapham Junction railway station.

Mayor’s Transport Strategy has some good ideas, but big questions remain

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s newly published Transport Strategy, said:

"There are some proposals in the Mayor's Transport Strategy which I warmly welcome, most notably the real commitment to improving London's streets and ensuring that walking and cycling are safer and more attractive options of travel.

Barking-Gospel Oak Line work has gone seriously wrong

The electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak Overground line has been delayed once again, and could now take until the end of 2017.

Caroline Pidgeon told the Evening Standard:

“Between TfL and NR something has gone seriously wrong with the electrification of the line.

"This has been increasingly clear for many months. Passengers were promised a year ago that the upgrade work would be finally completed by the end of June 2017.

Croydon tram accident investigation has made incredibly serious revelations

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the revelations by the BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme of Croydon tram drivers admitting to the programme they had fallen asleep and that trams have been breaching track speed limits, even since the tram crash of November 2016, said:

"These are incredibly serious revelations, especially if any breaches of speeding have occurred since the horrific tram crash last November.

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