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Boost for Tube accessibility is just the start of making London truly accessible

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and long time champion of more accessible public transport in London, commenting on the announcement that a further 13 Tube stations will be made step-free by Spring 2022, said:

“This is an incredibly welcome announcement.

Green light for a green light

Local Liberal Democrats in Southwark have called for a review of traffic lights across the borough. On many crossings, lights for pedestrians stay on red even while the traffic are on red also. This adds up to a lot of wasted time, frustrating not just pedestrians but also drivers, as they wait expectantly for a pedestrian red light to lead to a green light for them.

Improving bus services in Rotherhithe

Caroline and local Lib Dem councillor Daniel Whitehead met TfL at Canada Water to discuss how bus services in Rotherhithe can be improved.

Specifically, TfL are planning:

  • Increased frequency on the C10 and 381 from April 2018
  • The C10 route to use electric buses from 2019, reducing air pollution
  • Investigating increased bus capacity around the Rotherhithe peninsula at peak times

No Overground on Boxing Day is a big disappointment

The lack of an Overground service for Boxing Day to match the Tube, despite hints earlier in the year, is a real disappointment for those who depend on the Overground lines, said Caroline Pidgeon as she questioned the Mayor on the topic.

Caroline told MayorWatch:

“Sadiq Khan likes to boast about the start of the London Overground night service but he cannot hide away from the fact Londoners have long been promised a Boxing Day service on the London Overground.

Case for a Bricklayer's Arms station is overwhelming

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s reply to her questioning about the need for a London Underground station at the Bricklayer’s Arms as part of the Bakerloo Line extension, said:

Croydon tram crash report must now be acted on

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch into the overturning of a tram at Sandilands junction on the 9th November 2016 said:

“Sadly the clock can never be turned back, but one thing that must now happen is that each and every recommendation from this investigation report is implemented as quickly as possible.

Expanding ULEZ is welcome but Mayor is still not using all his powers to tackle air pollution

Commenting on the announcement that the Mayor is proposing to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone to the whole of London for bus, coaches and lorries from October 2020, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“The Mayor is right to move closer to a comprehensive and expanded Ultra-Low Emission Zone.

“However, while these proposals are right we should not for one moment pretend that the Mayor is doing everything in his powers to tackle London’s toxic air. For the Mayor to peddle this claim is misleading in the extreme.

Londoners are entitled to transparency and value for money from TfL

Caroline Pidgeon has criticised Transport for London's record of spending nearly £2m over 7 years on a consultancy contract to provide "senior executive facilitation, support and coaching", without looking for competitive bids.

“Renewing this contract without competitive bidding for so many years raises some fundamental questions about TfL’s transparency, let alone its commitment to value for money.

“Contracts such as this should be open for examination and regularly put out to tender.”

You can read the full story at MayorWatch.

Unstaffed Tube stations break the pledge TfL made to the travelling public

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on BBC London Television’s report on a number of London Underground stations regularly operating unstaffed, said:

“At the time when Tube ticket offices were set to close Londoners were given an absolute guarantee that stations would continue to be staffed at all times.

Cycle Superhighway 4 - a missed opportunity for Greenwich and Woolwich

Caroline Pidgeon described her frustration that TfL's plans for Cycle Superhighway 4 now will not take it through Greenwich town centre and into Woolwich.

Responding to TfL's consultation on the plans, Caroline wrote:

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