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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.

TfL promise pedestrian safety improvements on Brownhill Road

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, has received specific assurances from Transport for London, that they will start to make improvements to the zebra crossing on Brownhill Road, which saw a fatal collision last summer.

Transport for London have also pledged to review a separate junction (the junction of Brownhill Road and Torridon Road) where despite there being traffic lights for vehicles there are no pedestrian crossings to help people cross the busy South Circular.

Radio Taxis interview

On this YouTube video, Caroline Pidgeon discusses the London Assembly Transport Committee's report on the taxi and private hire industry with Geoffrey Riesel, the CEO of Radio Taxis.

Investigating the impact of 24-hour tubes in Redbridge

Caroline Pidgeon AM hosted a recent meeting with Lib Dem Roding Ward councillors Gwyneth Deakins and Ian Bond and representatives of Transport for London (TfL) to discuss the plan to run the Central Line through the night on Fridays and Saturdays, from September 2015.

A number of residents had raised concerns about the plans and the implications of all-night running for people who live alongside the Epping-bound line in this area.

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.”

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