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Visiting the new Enfield Town Overground service

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined other Assembly Members on a site visit with London Overground managers to look at the new service which runs from Liverpool Street up to Enfield Town.

The Transport Committee is investigating the devolution of suburban rail services to TfL following the success of the current Overground services and huge investment in new rolling stock and turn up and go services.

"It was interesting to hear about the plans to improve these new routes and to ensure passengers get a far better service" commented Caroline.

Checking out problems and progress at London Bridge

After months of problems at London Bridge station, Caroline Pidgeon AM joined MPs, councillors and fellow Assembly Members meeting Network Rail boss Mark Carne and other senior officials at the station to discuss progress and plans for helping passengers when there are issues at the station, as well as to to see the progress that has been made in the major station rebuild works.

"It was quite extraordinary to see the amount of progress that has been made since my last visit" commented Caroline.

Mayor must now come clean over the not so clean New Routemaster

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on reports that 200 New Routemasters will have failing batteries replaced under warranty, and that on occasions the buses are running entirely on the diesel engine said:

“The Mayor has repeatedly boasted about the New Routemaster, yet this is further evidence that the claims made by the Mayor and TfL are just rhetoric and do not match the reality on the ground.

Garden Bridge project - murkier than the River Thames

Writing for the Folly For London website on the Garden Bridge project, Caroline Pidgeon takes on the Mayor over the lack of transparency around many aspects of the process:

Yet when it comes to the Garden Bridge this spirit of openness suddenly disappears. Obtaining information about the funding and procurement of the proposed bridge has been a lengthy and torturous process and even now many questions remain unanswered.

Third Heathrow runway proposal - a long delayed report with outdated arguments

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the support for a third Heathrow runway by the Davies airport commission, said:

“This much delayed report simply repeats many outdated arguments in opting for a third Heathrow runway.

“However many conditions are set ultimately a third Heathrow runway will have devastating consequences for a large section of London in terms of noise and increased air pollution.

Cycling Champion of the Year

Caroline Pidgeon, along with Val Shawcross, has been voted the joint Cycling Champion of the Year by the London Cycling Campaign's members, in recognition of her work holding the Mayor and Transport for London to account on cycling issues and for her work on the London Assembly Transport Committee.

Read about the awards on the London Cycling Campaign website.

Brunel Bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf is desperately needed

Welcoming the news that TfL and local business have made £200,000 available for a detailed feasibility study into a bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf, Caroline Pidgeon told the SE16 website:

“Unlike the Garden Bridge this is a bridge that is desperately needed and where public money should be spent.

TfL announces review of Garden Bridge procurement process

Following Caroline Pidgeon's campaigning and questions to the Mayor highlighting serious concerns around the objectivity of the bidding process for the Garden Bridge project, Transport for London has announced a review of the process.

TfL commissioner Peter Hendy wrote to Caroline:

New thinking on Oxford Street is long overdue

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on reports that Transport for London are now considering removing buses from Oxford Street said:

“Transport for London’s new thinking of Oxford Street is long overdue. The case for pedestrianising Oxord Street has never been stronger.

Step-free access to half London's stations is not enough

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on today’s announcement that half of TfL’s rail and Underground stations will be step-free by 2018, said:

“Any progress on making more TfL rail and Underground stations step-free is obviously welcome.

“However we can hardly be complacent when the reality is that in three years’ time half of all TfL rail and Underground will still be permanently inaccessible to disabled people and the many other people who require step free access.”

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