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The Mayor needs to do some basic maths on electric car charging points

Caroline Pidgeon challenged the Mayor during Question Time on his plans to roll out a network of charging points for electric vehicles - and rated his plan for 300 charging points by 2020 as far too timid.

"If we expect companies with large fleets of cars and vans to go electric, they need the absolute certainty that there will always be easy access to rapid charging points in every part of London.

"The mayor needs to do some basic maths. Even when used back to back, a rapid charging point can only charge 48 vehicles every 24 hours.

Caroline Pidgeon welcomes the One Hour Bus Ticket

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the news that an unlimited number of trips within an hour will be allowed on a Hopper bus ticket starting from next year, said:

“For a decade I have campaigned for a 1-hour bus ticket so the introduction at long last of this policy is incredibly welcome.

“People who need to switch buses simply to get from one place to another should not be penalised. The 1-hour bus ticket is just what London needs.”

Bricklayer's Arms needs a station on the new Bakerloo line

Caroline joined more than 200 people at a rally calling for a new Tube station at the Bricklayer’s Arms as part of the Bakerloo Line extension.

Speaking at the rally Caroline gave her full backing for the new station, highlighting the immense benefits it would bring locally. Caroline also drew attention to how South London, and especially South East London, are badly served by the London Underground, with just 29 stations in the south of London compared to 250 north of the Thames.

Explaining further why a Tube station is so necessary Caroline said:

“The Bakerloo Line extension to Lewisham will bring huge benefits to South East London. An area that has long been neglected will see huge benefits from the regeneration that comes from improved transport links. The Bakerloo Line extension will also play a huge role in reducing road traffic and air pollution.

Happy 10th birthday London Overground

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, sent her congratulations to the London Overground on its 10th birthday.

In the last 10 years, over one billion customer journeys have been made on London Overground and it has proven to be one of the most reliable train operators in the country.

Caroline said:

“The London Overground is one of London’s success stories. Passengers numbers have soared from 33 million in 2008/09 to more than 189 million in 2016/17.

Caroline Pidgeon welcomes start of consultation on Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf crossing

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, has welcomed the news that a consultation is now underway on a dedicated pedestrian and cycling route across the Thames linking Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf.

Caroline Pidgeon has a long record of backing a pedestrian and cycling bridge and during the 2016 mayoral elections, Sadiq Khan even admitted at the London Cycling Campaign hustings that he had stolen the idea from Caroline.

Caroline Pidgeon said:

The case for Crossrail 2 is overwhelming

Writing for Dave Hill's new OnLondon site, Caroline Pidgeon explains the overwhelmingly strong case for investing in Crossrail 2:

The case for Crossrail 2 is overwhelming. It would free up space for around 15 more trains in the morning peak from Hampshire and Surrey, providing 11,800 extra seats into Waterloo.

More than a million public transport journeys every day would be significantly better because of it. An additional 200,000 new homes and 200,000 new jobs would be supported.

Croydon tram drivers' fatigue warnings must be investigated

As concerning reports emerge that Croydon tram drivers had raised concerns about their shift patterns disrupting sleep, two years before the fatal accident in November 2016, Caroline Pidgeon has tabled a written question to the Mayor to demand a full answer.

Read more at Inside Croydon.

Success of the Hopper ticket shows need for Mayor to pinch more fare policies from his opponents

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the forthcoming first anniversary of the Hopper ticket and the news that over one hundred million journeys have been made with the Hopper bus ticket said:

"I have been campaigning for a One Hour Bus Ticket for the best part of a decade in London so I very much welcome the success of the Hopper ticket over the last year.

No excuses for repeating Piccadilly line misery

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the independent report examining the causes of the delays and disruption on the Piccadilly Line over the past two years, said:

“The service provided by the Piccadilly Line has been shocking in recent years.

Welcome news that Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf bridge is on track

Assurances that the much needed pedestrian and cycle bridge between Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf is on schedule and could be open to the public by 2020 or 2021 were obtained by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, at August's Mayor’s Question Time.

The Mayor also confirmed that he expects major landowners in the nearby area, who will benefit from the bridge, to contribute to the project, alongside funding from TfL.


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