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£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.

Mayor accepts that Sutton’s “appalling” lack of public transport is a strong case for the Tramlink extension

At City Hall the new Mayor of London was grilled by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon over his level of support for extending Tramlink to Sutton.

In responding to her questions the Mayor stated he backed the scheme and was ‘keen to get Tramlink extended.” He also admitted that Sutton has an “appalling” lack of public transport and that for too long transport connections to Sutton have been neglected.

Honesty over fares and investment needed in London’s transport has never been more important

Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, commenting on the Mayor’s announcement over his future plans for transport fares, 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.

“The reality is that many Londoners will see their travelcards rise over the next few years. What we have found out today feels like a very early broken promise from London’s new Mayor.

Mayor must now deliver on the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf Bridge

Building a pedestrian and cycle bridge between Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf and extending the cycle hire scheme out to Rotherhithe are issues now firmly in the new Mayor’s in-tray, following questions being raised at the first Mayor’s Question Time for Sadiq Khan by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

Mayor’s decision on the Garden Bridge is ‘highly disappointing’

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on Sadiq Khan’s announcement today declaring his support for the Garden Bridge said:

"Today’s decision is highly disappointing.

"Instead of tinkering with minor changes from the Garden Bridge Trust the Mayor should be seeking to recoup every penny of Transport for London funding that has been allocated to this highly controversial project.

"The Mayor should also be refusing to underwrite the annual maintenance costs of this project.

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