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Public transport investment must be top priority for East London

A Transport for London consultation on new river crossings in east London, which closes this week, is far too centred around motorists and completely overlooks the need for significant improvements in public transport in south east London, is the key message made by Caroline Pidgeon AM, in the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group’s consultation response.

TfL's excuses for sweltering buses are more hot air

As a Freedom of Information request revealed that temperatures on the Mayor's "new Routemaster" buses can reach 34 degrees Celsius - above the legal limit even for transporting livestock - Caroline Pidgeon told the politics.co.uk website:

"Pretending that there is not a problem with the new bus for London is simply not an option for the Mayor and TfL.

For many people contactless payment is no substitute for Oyster

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, speaking about the rollout of contactless payment (‘wave and pay’) to Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London, said:

“Providing an additional form of payment for passengers is welcome, as long as it is nothing more than an additional form of payment and people are not pushed into having to use it.

Concerns about the Garden Bridge

In a Guardian article by Rowan Moore, Caroline Pidgeon discusses some concerns about the project to build a Garden Bridge from Temple to the South Bank:

These rapid changes of position caused Caroline Pidgeon, the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the London Assembly, to spot a pattern. The mayor’s statements on the bridge had been “totally false, just as with his past claims about the funding of the cycle hire scheme and the Thames cable car”. ...

Silencing the Waterloo Tannoy will make it inaccessible to the blind

As South West Trains plans a trial of silencing Tannoy announcements at Waterloo station, Caroline Pidgeon expressed her strong opposition to a plan that will make travel much harder for passengers with visual disabilities.

“This is one of the most absurd decisions by a train company I have ever come across. Visual and audible announcements are vital... and it would be a scandal if such an important station as Waterloo was made inaccessible to any of its passengers.”

TfL employees' parking fines - a waste of money and a double standard

As a Freedom of Information request revealed that Transport for London has payed £170,000 in the last four years to cover its own employees' parking fines, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

"These fines are not only a serious waste of money by TfL but they also show that too many TfL staff believe in the mantra of 'do as I say, not as I do' when it comes to traffic enforcement..

"Transport for London has no hesitation in handing out penalty charge notices for people who park on red routes or who get caught in yellow boxes.

Caroline joins Guide Dogs for the Blind in supporting safe roads for everyone

Caroline recently joined up with Guide Dogs for the Blind and the London Cycling Campaign in their campaign to ensure that cyclists are aware of the needs of blind people, especially at pedestrian crossings.

The campaign recognises that the vast majority of cyclists are very responsible, however due to the actions of a minority of cyclists problems often face blind people when crossing the road.

Inflation busting fare rises cannot be justified

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson, commenting on the publication today of July’s inflation rate, which is used as the benchmark for 2015 Transport for London fares, said:

“The fall in inflation last month is obviously welcome - however, a rise in TfL fares by inflation plus 1 per cent cannot be justified next year.

South-east London needs Bakerloo extension to unleash its potential

As a public consultation began on plans to extend the Bakerloo line to Old Kent Road, Catford, Beckenham and Bromley, Caroline Pidgeon expressed her strong support for the extension and commented:

“Extending the Tube into Southwark, Lewisham and Bromley would unleash huge economic opportunities.

“After decades of being left behind it is time south-east London was given the transport links it needs to truly unleash its potential.”

Mayor breaks pledge that the cheapest fares are accessible to the poorest Londoners

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson, commenting on Transport for London’s announcement today that daily and weekly capping will start for contactless payments on London’s buses, from the 16th September, said:

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