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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:

Cycle hire scheme still has a very long way to go to reach its full potential

Speaking ahead of the fourth anniversary of the London cycle hire scheme (Wednesday 30th July), Caroline Pidgeon AM, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, has published new evidence showing the cycle hire scheme has a long way to go to reach the usage per bike that was seen during the Summer of 2012. Her latest research confirms the importance of Transport for London making it easier for people to use the cycle hire scheme, including through new payment methods such as by Oyster and contactless payment.

TfL made staggering failures in handling Bombardier contract

A report commissioned by Transport for London has highlighted multiple failures in the handling of a contract awarded to Bombardier for tube signalling upgrades, which collapsed leaving behind an estimated £100m loss for taxpayers.

Commenting on the findings, Caroline Pidgeon said:

TfL needs to show urgency in tackling telecoms waste

The Mayor's Independent Investment Programme Group has reviewed Transport for London's £200m annual spending on telecommunications, and rated it as "not fit for purpose", with duplication, fragmentation and missed opportunities.

Caroline Pidgeon commented:

“TfL needs to show real urgency in tackling what appears to be significant waste in telecommunications. It seems that these savings are low lying fruit which TfL should have picked a long time ago. The public would be far more understanding about changes that directly affect them, such as ending cash fares on buses, if significant internal waste had truly been eradicated first.”

Southwark Lib Dems campaign for two Bakerloo branches

The proposed extension of the Bakerloo tube line should include two new routes through Southwark – one down the Old Kent Road, and another through Camberwell.

That’s the vision of Liberal Democrats in the borough, who are launching a new campaign to push the Mayor and Southwark Council into action on the issue.

Contactless payment must not disadvantage travellers without bank accounts

As September's introduction of contactless payments on the Tube, DLR and Overground approaches, Caroline Pidgeon reiterated concerns about the details of the scheme and how it may impact passengers without access to a bank account:

"After such long delays in introducing this technology, we now need real honesty from the mayor and Transport for London, as to how contactless payment will really operate.

Lessons must be learnt following collapse of Bombardier signalling contract

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson commenting on the highly critical KPMG report on the collapse of the Bombardier signalling contract which has just been published, said:

“It is staggering that TfL simply accepted at face value significant claims made by Bombardier before they awarded such a major contract. Due to a lack of research and basic enquiries about their actual record TfL signed up with a company that had no track record in London and little chance of being able to deliver the new signalling on some of the oldest and most complex Tube lines in the world.

Replace the Highbury Grange bus shelter

Caroline Pidgeon AM has been working with Terry Stacy, Lib Dem Parliamentary Campaigner in Islington South and other local campaigners to replace the bus shelter at Highbury Grange without delay.

It was removed after a serious road traffic accident.

Caroline formally presented the petition on Wednesday 16th July.

Estuary airport cost figures are a potential death blow to the Mayor’s plans

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the latest Airports Commission’s inner Thames estuary studies, revealing significantly higher estimated costs for train and road links to the proposed airport than previously suggested by the Mayor, said:

"These latest reports are a potential death blow to the Mayor's dream of creating a massive airport located in the Thames estuary.

Network Rail fines are just the start to delivering a better rail service

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson, commenting on the awarding of £53 million in fines to Network Rail due to its poor punctuality record, said:

"These fines will be considered by most train passengers as long overdue. Hopefully they will force Network Rail to ensure real improvements take place in the punctuality of rail services.

"And in addition to these fines I hope that within just a few months Network Rail is finally fully covered by the Freedom of Information Act. It is vital to ensure that this publicly funded organisation is far more accountable to passengers, taxpayers and the public.

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