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Campaigning in Merton

Caroline Pidgeon went out campaigning in Merton with local Lib Dem London Assembly candidate Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett. They spent time knocking on doors with a petition for step-free access at Raynes Park, and then went on to Wimbledon to speak with local people about Crossrail 2.

Caroline said about the project:

Banning HGVs at peak times will make the roads safer for everyone

Liberal Democrat London Mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon has launched a campaign calling for all HGVs and construction vehicles to be banned from central London at peak hours.

The measure is aimed at improving road safety, particularly for cyclists, and reducing freight traffic on London's roads.

Caroline is also calling on everyone working in the construction industry to adopt standards including direct vision lorry cabs, and the confidential reporting of bad practice.

Make Upminster station accessible for everyone

Caroline Pidgeon has given her strong support to local campaigners calling for full disabled access at Upminster station.

Caroline said:

“The London Overground is a vital part of London’s transport network and it is vital that no one is denied access to it.

“Providing step free access to platform six at Upminster station would not just benefit disabled people but many other people as well, including parents with prams.

Streatham needs a Crossrail 2 station

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Streatham Liberal Democrats and local Assembly candidate Michael Bukola out campaigning for Streatham to be included on the new Crossrail 2 underground line.

Caroline joined the team and discussed the issue with local residents. It is clear the old Morrison's site would be perfect for any new station.

"Streatham has missed out on improvements to public transport. It is important the a new line such as Crossrail 2 has a stop in Streatham", commented Caroline.

Lib Dems arrange a tube demo to persuade TFL to upgrade the Piccadilly Line

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate, held a demo outside Turnham Green tube station with local councillors and residents to get TFL to upgrade the Piccadilly Line signal sooner. This would mean that tubes could stop there throughout the day (usually only the District line stops there).

Caroline said:

Making London a truly cycling city

On 8th February, Caroline visited British Cycling - the governing body for cycle racing - and spent time with Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Boardman discussing cycling and how Liberal Democrats plan to make London a truly Cycling City.

Caroline said:

Alarming increase in tube delays due to overcrowding must be reversed

Tube delays caused by overcrowding have soared in the last two years new figures obtained by Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson have revealed.

Caroline Pidgeon, commenting on the figures she obtained from the Mayor of London said:

“These figures demonstrate that improvements to the Tube are in some cases not even keeping up with the rising demand for travel created by London’s booming population and record number of tourists.

More buses on the way for Rotherhithe?

Transport for London has agreed to carry out a major survey of transport needs on the Rotherhithe peninsula after a long-running campaign by local residents, supported by local Liberal Democrat campaigners.

Passengers have complained for years about long waits, overcrowding and journeys being terminated before their final destination to ‘improve frequency’. Their concerns have been backed by local Liberal Democrats on the council and at City Hall.

Civil Aviation Authority have let down people in east London

Caroline Pidgeon, transport spokesperson for the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the concentration of flight paths from London City Airport that are starting today, said:

“The changes that are starting today will mean residents who were hardly overflown at all by planes from London City Airport a few years ago now face living under a concentrated flight path.

A smarter Congestion Charge can tackle gridlock and cut pollution

As the Congestion Charge approaches its thirteenth anniversary, Caroline Pidgeon has published a report setting out a number of proposals to improve its effectiveness in both tackling congestion and also the serious problem of air pollution affecting the capital.

Due partly to London’s growing population, congestion on London’s roads has crept up in recent years, following a significant fall in the early years after the introduction of the Congestion Charge.

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