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Major works at London Bridge Station

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Carshalton and Wallington Lib Dem MP Tom Brake to visit London Bridge Station in December to see the redevelopment plans for the station. London Bridge Station is being completely rebuilt as part of the £6.5bn government-sponsored Thameslink Programme.

One of Britain’s biggest station infrastructure projects will bring nine 'through' platforms and six terminating platforms in the future. This will mean more trains to more destinations including a connection to Crossrail services at Farringdon providing links across and beyond London in all directions.

Making the South Circular safer for pedestrians

Last July saw a 13 year-old schoolgirl killed on Brownhill Road, which is part of the South Circular that runs through Catford.

Local residents have long faced difficulty crossing at many parts of this road and following the pedestrian death last Summer local residents have been campaigning hard for safer crossings.

The tube is delayed 170 times a year due to overcrowding

As a Freedom of Information request revealed that the Tube averages 170 delays per year due to overcrowding, Caroline Pidgeon told the LondonLovesBusiness website:

“While there has been some reduction in Tube delays in the last few years it is a real concern that delays caused by overcrowded trains remain so high, especially on the Jubilee Line.

“These figures provide a powerful case for further increasing the frequency of trains on this line in particular.”

Another year of misery for London commuters

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the 2015 TfL fare rises coming into implementation from Friday 2nd January, said:

"Despite a Treasury grant to help keep fares down the harsh reality is that the Mayor and Transport for London are still hiking fares up in general by 2.5 per cent this year.

Uber is just the tip of the iceberg

A survey of Taxi and Private Hire passengers conducted by the London Assembly Transport Committee, which is currently chaired by Caroline Pidgeon, has found that less than half of passengers know whether a minicab is licensed, while only two thirds of black cab passengers know how to identify whether their taxi is licensed.

85 per cent of taxi and private hire passengers say it is important to know if a taxi or minicab is licensed in order to feel safe travelling in it.

A two-branch extension of the Bakerloo Line is vital for south east London

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, has responded to Transport for London’s consultation on the extension of the Bakerloo Line highlighting the vital need for a two-branch extension of the line.

Welcoming the consultation, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“I am delighted that this consultation has received so much attention and that due to the active work of MPs such as Simon Hughes so many people have responded. It is vital that the voices of people from South East London are heard.

The Mayor needs to decide - is the cable car is a tourist attraction or public transport?

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on news that the cable car appears to have no regular commuters, following a freedom of information request made by Darryl Chamberlain of the 853 blog, said:

"It is amazing that the cable car had no regular customers during a recent week in October.

“The cable car should either be run as a tourist attraction or alternatively as an integral form of public transport, where people with a relevant travelcard can travel for free and an Oyster Pay As You Go fare should be the same as a single bus fare.

Vital questions over funding and operation of the Garden Bridge still remain

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the decision by the Mayor of London’s office to give planning permission for the Garden Bridge:

“There can be no denying that numerous questions still remain over the long term maintenance funding of the bridge and who will ultimately be picking up the bill.

“Numerous important issues also remain about the public access to the bridge.

TfL’s plans will not keep up with increased demand for bus services in London

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on TfL’s Business Plan published today, which sets out what will be delivered to support the Mayor’s Transport Strategy until 2020/2021, said:

“We should never forget that every day passengers make twice as many bus trips as by the Tube.”

“Bus ridership figures have soared since 2000 and are set to increase for many more years, in large part due to London’s rapidly growing population.

Taking on TfL over transport closures at popular events

City AM reports on Caroline Pidgeon's efforts to challenge the Mayor and TfL on recent issues where transport facilities have been closed down and impeded the public from visiting busy events - particularly the poppy exhibition at the Tower of London, and the England vs Germany women's football at Wembley.

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