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London’s commuters will pay a heavy price for Mayor’s blunders over Night Tube

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on reports in today’s Financial Times that TfL is paying 500 additional workers £1.5 million a month since September for a new Night Tube that will not start until next year, said:

“Soon the Mayor will be announcing the fare changes for next year and we will discover the real price that London commuters will have to pay for the long list of the Mayor’s financial blunders and vanity projects.

Vital questions over Garden Bridge still need to be answered

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on today’s announcement that Lambeth Council and the Garden Bridge Trust have reached an agreement over the public funding contribution from TfL towards the construction of the Garden Bridge, said:

Archway Gyratory changes

Caroline Pidgeon AM visited Archway on Tuesday 20th October to see first hand the proposed changes to the area being developed by TfL with Islington Council. Caroline met with residents and TfL engineers to discuss the plans and hear concerns.

One of the major issues is the location of 12 bus stands on the main road - as a result of Islington Council selling off a piece of land where the buses currently wait between journeys.

Social benefits from Christmas Day buses would be immense

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on Transport for London’s initial plans for a limited Christmas Day bus service, which will for the first time be considered by TfL’s Surface Transport Panel, said:

“For many years TfL has peddled the claim that there is little demand for bus services on Christmas Day so it is welcome that they finally recognise the potential demand of as many as 1.3 million passengers for a full Sunday service operated on Christmas Day.

Bus company penalty system must prioritise safety

As Transport for London released figures showing that London bus accidents cause a death every three weeks, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“There is something seriously wrong when the penalties facing bus companies are stacked towards tackling lateness when safety should be the very first priority.

“Bus companies must face stiff penalties if they take any risks with passenger safety.”

More buses on the way for C10 route

Transport for London will be putting more buses on the C10 route through Rotherhithe and Bermondsey this month after a long-running campaign by local residents supported by Caroline Pidgeon AM and by 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 were backed by local Liberal Democrats on the Council, at City Hall and by former MP Simon Hughes.

Joining Sutton residents against bus route 463 changes

Tom Brake MP, and Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate, have formally delivered a petition with 500 signatures opposing changes to bus route 463 changes. Transport for London’s Head of Consultation Peter Bradley officially received the petition in person.

Review of the Garden Bridge design contract has only started

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the discovering by Architects’ Journal that the earlier version of the audit review into the awarding of design contact to Heatherwick Studio was significantly different and far more critical to the published version said:

Once again the Mayor is throwing good money after bad on aviation

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayoral Decision to spend a further £1 million of Transport for London’s resources on ‘aviation related matters’, bringing the total budget for work on aviation up to £6.2 million, said:

“Once again the Mayor is throwing good money after bad on aviation.

“The Mayor should be explaining why he has already blown over £5 million of TfL’s valuable resources pursuing his misguided ideas for a Thames Estuary airport.

How did the Mayor and TfL pay so much for buses with such a basic design fault?

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the announcement by Transport for London that they will install opening windows on the new Routemasters at a further cost of around £2 million, said:

“Anything to make travelling on the new Routemasters more bearable during the Summer is obviously welcome. These buses are quite frankly a cauldron on wheels during hot weather.

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