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Congestion Charge evasion by embassies heads for £100m

Figures obtained by Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, reveal that in the 7.5 years that Boris Johnson has been Mayor of London the level of unpaid Congestion Charge by embassies and diplomatic missions based in London has soared from £17.3 million to £95.3 million. It is now likely that the total level of unpaid Congestion Charge will pass £100 million by the end of Boris Johnson’s term as Mayor of London.

Commenting on the latest figures, Caroline Pidgeon said:

Record Tube usage shouldn't mean record closures and delays

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on figures released today by Transport for London showing that Friday 4th December 2015 was the busiest day ever on the London Underground, said:

“The increasing use of the Tube is a clear sign of London’s growth in both its population and popularity as a place to visit. In many respects it is something to celebrate.

TfL start to show sense on Caledonian Road lifts but could do better

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the decision by Transport for London to review its work programme and to now delay the closure date of Caledonian Road tube station to the 14th March so as not to coincide with the closure of nearby Tufnell Park station, which is due to re-open on Monday 7th March. said:

Decision on Heathrow is needed now

Commenting on reports of a potential six month delay on a decision over Heathrow, Liberal Democrat London Mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon said:

"Londoners opposed to expansion are fed up of being lied to. A decision is needed now.

“Heathrow is not, and never will be, the place to expand airport capacity and the sooner this Tory government accepts that, the sooner we can get on with developing a sensible aviation policy for the UK."

Uber ridesharing raises safety concerns

Writing to the Transport Commissioner, Caroline Pidgeon has expressed concerns over Uber's launch of a ridesharing scheme in London:

We need a better run Heathrow, not a bigger Heathrow

In an article for the Huffington Post, taking on the arguments made in the intense lobbying by Heathrow's owners, Caroline Pidgeon writes:

Card payments in all taxis: good news for passengers and drivers

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on plans by Transport for London to require all London’s taxis to accept card payments from October 2016, including contactless, said:

“This is immediate good news for passengers and in the long term it is also good news for London’s taxi drivers as new forms of payment can only help to boost trade.

Real action is needed to reduce lorry danger for cyclists

Caroline Pidgeon has welcomed a petition to the Mayor, promoted by the London Cycling Campaign and supported by 13,000 Londoners, asking for measures to make cyclists safer from the risk of collisions with lorries.

The petition calls for:

  • A rush hour lorry ban
  • The use of direct vision lorries
  • Stronger enforcement against any fleet operator who puts profits before lives

Caroline said:

Murky funding arrangements for Garden Bridge risk the public purse

As building work on the Garden Bridge is due to begin despite a £30m funding shortfall, Caroline Pidgeon has expressed concerns that the funding arrangements are “as murky as the water that flows down the Thames” and stressed that both the Department for Transport and the Mayor need to prove they had properly planned for any future problems without extra calls on public money.

Campaign against closure of Caledonian Road Tube Station

Caroline Pidgeon has been supporting the campaign to stop Caledonian Road station closing for eight months next year. Closing the station would have a serious negative impact on local residents and businesses. It would also make it harder for wheelchair users living in the area to access the tube network. She has been:

  • Making inquiries with TfL about why the lifts need to be refurbished, the reasons for why TfL says the station has to close and what the costs would be to do the work in stages


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