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Good news for the lungs of London’s children

On National No Smoking Day, Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, has welcomed the decision by Transport for London to install no smoking signs in all of its bus shelters.

Looking at Transport issues in Richmond Park consituency


Caroline Pidgeon AM joined local parliamentary campaigner Robin Meltzer on Friday 13th February to look at a number of transport issues that had come out of a detailed survey conducted by Robin and the local Liberal Democrats.

Caroline's first stop was to meet Emma Robinson, the Barnes Town Centre Manager, and local residents, to discuss their wish for the cycle hire scheme to come to Barnes over Hammersmith Bridge.

Cycle incident analysis exposes TFL's failure to invest in safe cycling infrastructure

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on a report by the insurance company Aviva which has analysed police road traffic collision data between 2009 to 2013 on London’s roads, said:

These figures confirm that cycling around many gyratories and especially roundabouts such as the Elephant and Castle is nothing less than a Tour de Danger for cyclists.

Compensation for removing the off-peak cap is not enough

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, responding to today's announcement that the Mayor will provide automatic refunds to those who incur a higher fare than the former off-peak daily cap in outer London (Zones 4-6) twice or more in a week, said:

It’s shameful that the Mayor signed off changes to the fare structure without actually understanding what he was doing. His incompetence has cost outer London commuters dearly, with thousands having endured double digit fare rises since January.

Londoners should be the first to question the Mayor about his plans for London’s road network

Caroline Pidgeon AM, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s plans for London’s road network which he has announced in the United States said:

"This is exactly the kind of announcement that the Mayor of London should make in London, ideally at a press conference, where London’s media, including local newspapers, can properly question the Mayor on his specific proposals.

Go ahead for Cycle Superhighways will lead to a step change in cycling

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Group, commenting on the decision by Transport for London’s Board to support the proposed Cycle Superhighways, said:

I very much welcome the Board seeing sense and supporting safe cycling infrastructure in London.

We need to move into the 21st century and embrace the fact that more and more people are cycling.

I am certain that in a few years’ time we will look back in amazement at the fuss that has been created over the Cycle Superhighways.

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.

Crossrail works proceeding on time at Farringdon

Caroline Pidgeon AM recently went underground at Farringdon Station to see first hand the tunnelling and station build out works for Crossrail.

The visit was part of the Transport Committee's regular health check on the Crossrail project which so far is on time and on budget.

Rebuilding West Hampstead Overground station

On Tuesday 20th January, Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Cllr Flick Rea, Lib Dem Councillor for Fortune Green Ward and officials from Transport for London's Overground team to look at the plans to rebuild West Hampstead Overground station.

Whilst on the site visit, Caroline was nearly knocked over by a reversing lorry at the neighbouring building site which did not have any audible sound! This was quickly reported to the site and "Considerate Contractors".

Visitor Information Centres welcome and necessary at major stations

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, has welcomed the commitment by TfL to review the potential provision of Visitor Information Centres at both London Bridge and Waterloo underground stations.

Following the closure of all tickets offices at all London Underground stations the provision of new Visitor Information Centres is planned for just a few locations across London, such as Victoria, King’s Cross St Pancras and Paddington.

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