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Tackling the price of electric taxis is central to their high take up

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on TfL's to help taxi drivers ditch the dirtiest diesel taxis, said:

“Today’s announcement is little more than a re-announcement of existing policies.

“Support to encourage taxi drivers to retire the most polluting diesel black cabs is obviously welcome. However for the policy to be a real success drivers must have the confidence that there will be no significant financial penalties for purchasing Zero Emission Capable taxis.

Delivery of Crossrail 2 must not be held up by any more dithering

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the joint statement on Crossrail 2 from the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“We should be encouraged that the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for London are at long last even talking together about how to take Crossrail 2 forward.

Hundreds of thousands more passengers face chronic Tube overcrowding without Crossrail 2

As the Mayor of London and Secretary of State for Transport met to discuss the progress of Crossrail 2, Caroline Pidgeon AM said:

“Overcrowding on the Underground is already a daily battle, with many passengers facing regular delays to simply get through barriers at stations.

“Unless Crossrail 2 is built these delays will increasingly build up until drastic measures are necessary at 17 key Tube stations, not to mention Clapham Junction railway station.

Mayor’s Transport Strategy has some good ideas, but big questions remain

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s newly published Transport Strategy, said:

"There are some proposals in the Mayor's Transport Strategy which I warmly welcome, most notably the real commitment to improving London's streets and ensuring that walking and cycling are safer and more attractive options of travel.

Barking-Gospel Oak Line work has gone seriously wrong

The electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak Overground line has been delayed once again, and could now take until the end of 2017.

Caroline Pidgeon told the Evening Standard:

“Between TfL and NR something has gone seriously wrong with the electrification of the line.

"This has been increasingly clear for many months. Passengers were promised a year ago that the upgrade work would be finally completed by the end of June 2017.

Croydon tram accident investigation has made incredibly serious revelations

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the revelations by the BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme of Croydon tram drivers admitting to the programme they had fallen asleep and that trams have been breaching track speed limits, even since the tram crash of November 2016, said:

"These are incredibly serious revelations, especially if any breaches of speeding have occurred since the horrific tram crash last November.

Include Bricklayers' Arms in the Bakerloo extension

Caroline Pidgeon and Sir Simon Hughes have delivered a petition organised by local Liberal Democrats to Transport for London, calling for the Bakerloo line extension to include a station at Bricklayers' Arms.

Current plans will extend the line along Old Kent Road, but with no station between Elephant and Dunton Road - missing an opportunity to serve the Tower Bridge Road area.

Read more at the London SE1 website.

Lessons must be learned for trams and buses after Croydon accident

As the Rail Accidents Investigation Branch proceeds with its enquiry into the tram accident in Croydon last November which tragically killed seven people, particularly focusing on the glass used in the tram windows, Caroline Pidgeon has pointed out that its recommendations also need to be applied to buses - which have the same type of windows.

Caroline said:

Newham tube lift chaos

Caroline Pidgeon is continuing to raise the issue of excessive lift closures in West Ham, East Ham and Canning Town tube stations - particularly East Ham, where the lifts closed nearly 200 times in 2016.

Caroline said:

“When tube lifts stop operating with no prior notice, the station is in effect closed for disabled people, parents with buggies and everyone else who relies on the operation of lifts.”

Mayor is putting roads before homes

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor's announcement that a partnership has been reached with the housing association L&Q to potentially deliver 20,000 new homes across the capital, said:

“This announcement is good news if it really does end up delivering 12,000 homes which are genuinely affordable.

“However, let’s not pretend that today’s announcement stands in isolation.

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