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Lessons need to be learned for Cycle Hire sponsorship

As Transport for London begins the process of making a new sponsorship deal for the Cycle Hire scheme, Caroline Pidgeon AM said:

"Many lessons need to be learnt from the exclusive sponsorship deal that the mayor and TfL struck with Barclays Bank.

"Above all else the contract was unnecessarily secretive and far too favourable to the bank.

"The bank should have paid far more for the benefits they had been granted under the sponsorship deal."

Crossrail 2 station needed at Essex Road

Plans for a possible new underground line through Islington have been welcomed by local Liberal Democrats, but questions are being asked about a promised station that appears to have vanished off the map.

The Crossrail 2 project would create a new line between north-east and south-west London with faster journey times and improved transport connections and relieve overcrowded existing lines. The scheme will also
create jobs and regenerate areas.

Mayor and TfL's £60m cash pile from unused Oysters

£60 million of the public’s money is now being held in a cash pile by TfL due to a growing number of Oyster cards that have not even been used for at least one year.

The huge cash pile is due to the soaring levels of money that Transport for London (TfL) generate from people obtaining Oyster cards that are used just once, or very rarely.

Huge work is needed to make London’s roads safe for cyclists

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the publication today of 2013 figures measuring the number of cyclists killed and seriously injured in London, said:

“Of course this fall in serious injuries in 2013 compared to 2012 is welcome, but in reality these figures provide absolutely no grounds for complacency.

“It is absolutely clear that huge amount of further work is necessary to make London’s roads safer for all cyclists, whether young or old, male or female.

Space for Cycling Campaign gets backing from Caroline

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined thousands of other Londoners in a mass cycle ride on Saturday 17th May in support of the Space for Cycling Campaign organised by the London Cycling Campaign in the run up to the London borough elections.

Virgin Media shows blatant disregard for road users

The MayorWatch site reports Transport for London has begun prosecution proceedings against Virgin Media (one of its own major sponsors) for carrying out roadworks unsafely in Sutton last October.

Virgin Media has already received a £14,300 fine this year for "endangering the lives of residents and motorists" when work was carried out in breach of safety rules in Richmond.

Caroline Pidgeon said:

Action needed now for a safer Kilburn High Road

Caroline Pidgeon, Lib Dem Leader on the London Assembly, has joined Kilburn and West Hampstead Lib Dems in their campaign for a safer Kilburn High Road for pedestrians and cyclists.

Kilburn High Road is one of the most dangerous streets in Camden. Shocking new statistics report there were 144 collisions on the High Road in the last three years. 45% (65) of these incidents involved pedestrians and cyclists, with 19 people killed or seriously injured.

Richmond Station bus stops - commuters suffer through a long running saga

Richmond Liberal Democrat councillors are pressing Transport for London to sort out the shambolic bus stop situation outside Richmond Station.

“The situation is ridiculous”, said Jerry Elloy, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Transport.

“We have pressed the Council Officers to find out why the second bus stop has not been reinstated, and they blame Transport for London, citing internal disagreements between their London Buses Section, and the Public Carriageway Section which deals with taxis.

The HGV Taskforce at work

Caroline joined the London HGV Taskforce on Wednesday 16th April to see first hand the work they do in making our streets safer for all road users including cyclists and pedestrians.

The team carry out detailed checks on lorries on London's Streets and pick up many issues from the security of the goods being carried in the lorry to threadbare tyres, drivers not taking their breaks and overloaded vehicles.

Action for pedestrians at Richmond Circus

Liberal Democrat campaigners in Richmond have been successful in changing the pedestrian crossing timings at the Richmond Circus junction.

Local residents contacted the Lib Dems about a crossing at the A316 (where it becomes Kew Road) which left some pedestrians stranded in the middle island for unacceptable lengths of time. The temptation to avoid the wait and cross against the flow of traffic had become a concern.

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