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London still has a long way to go in the adoption of electric buses

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on today’s announcement that the bus routes 507 and 521 will become the first in central London to exclusively run all-electric buses by the end of the year, said:

"I very much welcome the adoption of more electric buses in London.

“However, the Mayor and TfL should refrain from making boastful claims about the adoption of electric buses, especially as today’s announcement is merely confirming a decision made over a year ago.

Train service issues at Denmark Hill

Caroline Pidgeon AM met with Lib Dem Cllr James Barber, and Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Dulwich and West Norwood Gail Kent on 9th September to look at issues for passengers at Denmark Hill.

Amongst the issues are the lack of gates on the gate line resulting in serious delays for passengers and the need for an additional ticket machine.

TfL should take over Southern Rail

As the Southern Rail situation gets worse and worse for passengers, Caroline Pidgeon told the SWLondoner website that both management and unions have failed and a change in control is needed:

The dispute over conductor-free trains has reached a point where it does not matter what assurances Southern offer because the RMT union is now striking for the sake of it.

I am hugely concerned about the additional stress this is having on London.

You see the stress on passengers’ faces and it’s not good enough.

Southern Rail timetable reductions are an act of desperation

Caroline Pidgeon has expressed passengers' disappointment and frustration with Southern Rail's recent service, in a letter to the franchise's parent company Govia:

"[The decision to reduce train frequencies is an] act of desperation which fails to address the underlying reasons of why your current (full) service cannot be maintained to a reasonable level.

“Your service has also impacted and caused economic harm for many London businesses as well.”

£223m in cash left on Oyster cards

As the cash balance on dormant Oyster cards hit £223m, Caroline Pidgeon has called for TfL to do more to return it to passengers:

"It obviously suits TfL’s cash flow situation to be sitting on a huge mountain of unclaimed money from dormant Oyster cards but we should never forget that people are always entitled to claim back their own money.

Garden Bridge Trust is avoiding questions about its funding

Speaking to the Guardian about the the five-month delay by the Garden Bridge Trust in publishing its accounts, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“I suspect that the Garden Bridge Trust is using administrative tidiness as a desperate excuse to postpone publishing their accounts.

Time for Southern Rail to come clean over its emergency timetable

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor’s call for TfL to take immediate charge of the failing Govia Thamelink Railway Southern franchise, said:

“As a daily user of Sothern Rail I am painfully aware of its appalling service that has been provided over many months.

“Fundamental errors have been made in terms of planning by its senior management.

“The permanent solution must be stripping out much of the franchise from Govia and running it by London Overground.

Radical measures to tackle air pollution cannot come soon enough

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting ahead of the Mayor’s launch of proposals to clean up London’s toxic air which are being announced on the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Clean Air Act said:

“Radical measures to tackle air pollution cannot come soon enough in London.”

Mini zebra crossing trial to make cycle lane crossings safer

Responding to a question from Caroline Pidgeon expressing concern for the safety of pensioners and disabled people, the Mayor has announced that TfL will trial "mini-zebra crossings" on cycle routes that bypass bus stops.

Read more at the SE1 community website.

Mayor should do what is right and stop the Garden Bridge

Writing at the "Bridge Too Far" website, Caroline Pidgeon describes the compelling reasons to cancel the Garden Bridge project:

Caroline concludes:

It is regrettable that the last Mayor devoted so much of his time to lobbying and secretly fundraising for the Garden Bridge. There are so many other projects he could have backed which would have delivered real benefits for Londoners.


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