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Follow the Square Mile's lead - put pedestrians first

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on reports today that the City of London Corporation are considering plans to create a pedestrianised zone in the City, said:

“I welcome the enlightened thinking of the City of London, which builds upon their other recent decision to introduce a 20 mph speed limit throughout the Square Mile

Cable car usage falls by half

Commenting on figures showing that usage of the Thames cable car has halved compared to a year ago, Caroline Pidgeon said:

"After 16 months of operating the latest passenger figures for the cable car speak for themselves. It is increasingly clear that the longer it is in existence the fewer people want to use it as it is currently run.

"The Mayor of London, who is chair of Transport for London, should now be honest with Londoners and decide what its future should be.

"If the cable car is to have any success in the long term it should either be run and operated as a privately run tourist attraction, or instead operated as an integral form of public transport, where people with a Travelcard or a relevant pass can use it for free."

Bring part-time season tickets to the Tube and Overground

As Transport Minister Norman Baker announced a trial of a part-time season ticket on a National Rail route, Lib Dem London Assembly leader Caroline Pidgeon has called for the scheme to be extended to Transport for London services such as the Tube and Overground.

Caroline said:
"It is simply wrong that people who work part-time are penalised because the fare structure is so rigidly based around people who work a conventional five day a week.

"A part-time travelcard would also do wonders to reduce overcrowding on the Tube."

Helicopter noise – how to make a complaint

At City Hall Caroline regularly hears from people being concerned about the noise created by helicopter flights. The issue affects many parts of both inner and outer London.

To take up these concerns, Caroline and Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, recently met with the Civil Aviation Authority to find out more about how the problem of helicopter noise can be mitigated.

The CAA have now provided the following information which we hope is useful.

Crossrail must be 100% accessible

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, speaking ahead of the first year anniversary of the 2012 Paralympic Games and the Day of Action to highlight the situation that seven of the train stations (including four in London) will not be fully accessible to disabled people and older people, said:

"It is bad enough that so much of London Underground is still inaccessible, largely due to a legacy of poor planning and neglect of the needs of disabled people over the last 150 years.

New London buses - staggering costs and broken promises

Responding to the costs of the new "Routemaster" replacement buses in London as revealed by a Freedom of Information request, Caroline Pidgeon, deputy chair of the London Assembly's Transport Committee, told the Huffington Post:

“The Mayor of London first promised Londoners that the research and design costs of the new bus for London would be picked up by private business.

"The reality is that over £400,000 of public money was spent on design costs alone and the first eight buses cost taxpayers a staggering £11 million.

Bike hire scheme needs to move up a gear

Throughout the last year one in five bike hire docking stations were empty for at least three hours each day, according to new figures released by the Mayor of London following questions from Caroline Pidgeon AM, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group.

Between 1st July 2012 to the 30th June 2013 the level of empty bike hire docking stations included:

  • 107 docking stations empty for 3 hours or more each day
  • 76 docking stations empty for 4 hours or more each day

Campaigning on transport in Haringey

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined local Lib Dem Councillors and campaigners in Haringey on Friday 5th July to look at a number of transport issues in the Borough.

Harringay Green Lanes Station

Caroline met with Cllr Schmitz and others to look at the issues at this station, in particular the Gospel Oak to Barking Line’s closeness to houses on Lothair Road. Caroline heard about ongoing work to try to resolve some of the noise issues which come from Goods trains and others in the early hours on this line and have potentially caused structural damage to homes, as well as excessive lighting at night at the station.

“Given that this line will now be electrified there is clearly going to be a lot of further work over the next few years and ultimately there could be more trains on this line. I have therefore asked Network Rail to consider the idea of a noise barrier – something I helped with at a different Underground station in Kensington, as well as seeking clarification on what works are planned to try to resolve these noise and vibration issues” commented Caroline.

Mayor faces pressure to extend Tramlink to Sutton

The Mayor has recognised the “reasonable business case” for extending the Tramlink to Sutton after being grilled at City Hall by Caroline Pidgeon AM, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group.

It is time the Mayor learnt that you can’t please all road users, all the time

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s Roads Task Force report which has been published today, said:

“In an attempt to please everyone this report contains a rag bag of ideas. Some of the ideas are very good, but there are some ideas that are outdated, impractical and harmful for London’s environment.

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