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TfL’s plans will not keep up with increased demand for bus services in London

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on TfL’s Business Plan published today, which sets out what will be delivered to support the Mayor’s Transport Strategy until 2020/2021, said:

“We should never forget that every day passengers make twice as many bus trips as by the Tube.”

“Bus ridership figures have soared since 2000 and are set to increase for many more years, in large part due to London’s rapidly growing population.

Taking on TfL over transport closures at popular events

City AM reports on Caroline Pidgeon's efforts to challenge the Mayor and TfL on recent issues where transport facilities have been closed down and impeded the public from visiting busy events - particularly the poppy exhibition at the Tower of London, and the England vs Germany women's football at Wembley.

2015 fares – the good and bad news

The Mayor has finally published his fare package for next year.

Transport for London fares will increase, on average, by 2.5%. Travelcard prices, which are jointly set with National Rail, will see prices typically increase by 2.3%.

For bus users fares will rise by five pence and the application fee for the 16+, 18+ and 60+ Oyster concession photocard will increase from £10 to £20 from 1 June 2015.

Will the Mayor meet his pledge to finally introduce a weekly Oyster cap?

Ahead of the Mayor of London’s expected fare announcement for transport services in London for 2015, Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, has called on the Mayor to honour his commitment to finally introduce a weekly cap on Oyster pay as you go fares in 2015.

Explaining why a weekly cap is so important, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“If you use contactless payment there is a weekly cap on your fares, but not if you use Oyster pay as you go. That is totally unfair and indefensible.

Appalling decision by TfL to close Tower Hill a week before Remembrance Sunday

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the decision by Transport for London to completely close Tower Hill Tube station on Saturday 1st November and Sunday 2nd November, said:

“It is an appalling decision by Transport for London to close Tower Hill station during half term week and just a week before Remembrance Sunday.

Mayor to consider Rotherhithe–Canary Wharf cycling bridge proposal

At Mayor's Question Time last week, Caroline Pidgeon expressed her support for a cycling bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf - which would increase cycling, provide an alternative to the congested Jubilee line, and provide a river crossing where it is really needed.

The Mayor has agreed to review proposals for the "Brunel Bridge" by sustainable transport advocacy group Sustrans.

Stop rewarding failed contractors

On behalf of the London Assembly Transport Committee which she chairs, Caroline Pidgeon has criticised Transport for London's decision to pay £80m to Bombardier Transport on terminating a contract which Bombardier had failed to deliver on.

Caroline said:

"How is it possible that Bombardier's woeful failure to deliver was rewarded with a fat cheque?

Caroline Pidgeon welcomes announcement of step free access for all London Crossrail stations

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson, commenting on the announcement that funding has been confirmed to install step free access at Seven Kings, Maryland, Manor Park and Hanwell stations ahead of Crossrail fully opening in 2019 – meaning all Crossrail stations within London will be step free – said:

Catford danger junction finally has a safe crossing

The Tiger's Head junction in Catford will finally see a pedestrian crossing and other road safety measures - after several years of campaigning by local residents and Lib Dems. Caroline Pidgeon has been asking questions and pushing for action for several years on this issue.

Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Lewisham East Julia Fletcher commented:

"I'm delighted that the pedestrian safety improvements at the Tiger's Head junction will finally go ahead after years of questions and prompting from Caroline Pidgeon, previous Lib Dem assembly members and Lewisham councillors.

"Just last week I put in a public question on this issue to chase progress. It doesn't reflect at all well on successive mayors of London that it has taken so long to sort out this dangerous junction."

Southwark Lib Dems listen to Old Kent Road businesses on Bakerloo extension

Simon Hughes MP has taken to the streets to hear what local businesses have to say about extending the Bakerloo line down Old Kent Road.

The Bermondsey MP was joined by London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon and Lib Dem council group leader Cllr Anood Al-Samerai on Tuesday for a ‘walkabout’ along the road to discuss proposals for new tube stations in the area.

The trio stopped off at a number of small businesses to chat about the plans, which they say were “100% supported” by shopkeepers and residents they spoke to along the way.


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