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Central Line had only two days in December at full capacity

Caroline Pidgeon's questions to the Mayor about the recent poor service on the Central line have revealed that the line ran with a full fleet of trains for only two days in December – neither of which were busy weekdays.

Caroline said:

“Strike suffering Central line users have already had enough grief, however what is clear is that even in the absence of strikes the line is underperforming.

Five year growth in Tube delays caused by overcrowding must come to an end

Tube delays caused by overcrowding have soared in the last five years, new figures obtained by Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member have revealed.

Caroline Pidgeon, commenting on the figures she obtained from the Mayor, said:

South London train passengers have suffered enough – reverse cuts for access improvements

South London train passengers have suffered enough and should not face further delays to access improvements to train stations, is the message that Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon has sent to Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport.

Just before Christmas and so far unnoticed by most people the Government finally admitted that they were delaying the installation of lifts and other vital access improvements to 26 train stations across England and Wales, seven of them in south London alone.

Congestion Charge needs urgent reform

At the launch of the London Assembly Transport Committee's report on congestion, London Stalling, Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, chair of the committee, said:

“Something dramatic has to be done about the enormous congestion problem on London’s roads. The issue is costing our city money and costing Londoners their health and wellbeing. Transport for London (TfL) is doing a lot to tackle congestion, but not enough. Road pricing would be a fairer approach, as road users would pay according to how much they contribute to congestion.

We need new policies to tackle Tube overcrowding

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the new fares facing London commuters from January 2017, said:

“Sadiq Khan’s manifesto specifically said that Londoners won’t pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today. There were no ifs, or buts, in that statement.

“Yet the reality is that at the start of 2017 many Londoners are already seeing increases in their daily and weekly caps as well as their travelcards.

Good news on "please offer me a seat" badges

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the announcement by Transport for London that a blue badge scheme for people less able to stand on public transport will be introduced on a permanent basis from Spring 2017, said:

“As someone who has long supported this scheme being introduced as a trial I very much welcome it now being permanently rolled out across London.

Mayor’s plans for London transport network may not be what they seem

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on Transport for London’s new Business Plan, said:

“There is much in this new Business Plan that is very welcome, such as the commitment to continued upgrades to the Tube, the extension of the Bakerloo Line and a pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf.

“The reduction on TfL’s reliance on expensive agency staff is certainly long overdue. Tackling this is something I long urged TfL to address.”

Record cycling investment must include a commitment to extend the hire scheme

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor's commitment to a record £154 million per year investment in cycling over the next five years, said:

“This investment, if is wisely and fully spent, is very welcome. However TfL has a record of underspending its cycling budget so bold promises need to be seen in this context.

Put passengers first with proper staffing at Tube stations

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the review of ticket office closures on London Underground by London TravelWatch said:

“This is a welcome report which puts the needs of passengers first while recognising that huge changes have occurred since the introduction of Oyster almost 14 years ago and more recently the introduction of contactless payment.

Canary Wharf commuters should not have to wear sunglasses!

After Caroline Pidgeon raised the issue with the Mayor, TfL have agreed to dim the excessively bright advertising screens at Canary Wharf tube station.

Caroline said:

“It is very welcome that TfL have listened to passengers and that the brightness of these huge screens at Canary Wharf station have been adjusted.

“Being bombarded by images is a daily experience for Tube users, but nobody should be forced to have to consider wearing sunglasses as part of their daily commute on the London Underground.

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