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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

Give Croydon longer trams instead of a costly loop

Caroline Pidgeon has joined Croydon Lib Dems in presenting a petition with 2000 signatures, calling for Transport for London to invest in longer trams for Croydon, rather than the Dingwall Road Loop project that would cut the existing network in two.

Read the full story at Inside Croydon.

We undermine investment in London’s transport at our peril

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on reports that the London transport network is potentially facing the loss of £700 million in central Government funding by the turn of the decade, said:

“Keeping London moving is central to keeping the UK economy moving. Continued upgrades to the Tube are essential to improve capacity and reliability, as are new and much needed transport projects such as an extension of the Bakerloo Line and Crossrail 2.

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