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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.

We cannot afford a day of complacency in tackling tube delays

The Mayor of London has finally released information showing that Tube delays caused by overcrowding reached a five-year high during the financial year 2014/15.

The figures, obtained by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, also show a very worrying level of delays due to overcrowding on the Central, Jubilee, Northern and Victoria lines between April and June 2015.

Commenting on the latest figures, Caroline said:

Caroline welcomes Tooting Bec Road petition led by local Lib Dems

Caroline Pidgeon was pleased to accept on behalf of the London Assembly a petition led by local Lib Dem campaigner Jon Irwin, who got over 500 signatures from Tooting residents calling for Tooting Bec Road to be made safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Read more from Wandsworth Liberal Democrats.

People will look back in amazement at this foolish cruise terminal decision

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s decision this week to give the go ahead for a cruise liner terminal at Enderby Wharf in Greenwich, said:

“The decision by Greenwich Council and now the Mayor of London to reject using off shore power for this planning application is highly regrettable.

New junction at Cycle Superhighway 2 is welcome, but far more junctions across still need action

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on Transport for London’s announcement today that a new type of road junction designed to make it safer and easier for cyclists to turn left will be provided on Cycle Superhighway 2 at Whitechapel Road and Cambridge Heath Road, said:

"While it is regrettable that serious mistakes were made with the initial Superhighway 2 it is very welcome that such innovate designs and safety measures are now being adopted.

One Hour Bus Ticket: a long-standing focus for Caroline and the Lib Dems

Dave Hill's London blog in the Guardian looks at the proposal by potential Labour mayoral candidate Christian Wolmar for a bus ticket valid over multiple journeys for an hour - and points out that this has been a long-standing policy of Caroline Pidgeon and the London Assembly Liberal Democrats:

Future for the loss-making cable car must be as an integrated part of the network

As the London Loves Business website obtained figures suggesting the cable car from the Royal Docks to North Greenwich is consistently costing more to run than it collects in fares, Caroline Pidgeon has argued it makes no economic sense as a stand-alone project and will only bring benefit as an integrated part of the transport system:

"Despite TfL spending a fortune on advertising and promoting the cable car, the passenger figures and the income generated by the cable car remain dismal.

Oakwood station accessibility is a disgrace

After her Freedom of Information request revealed that the lifts providing step-free access at Oakwood tube station have been closed 14 times during the past year, and local residents complained of 7 closures in a period of just two weeks, Caroline Pidgeon told the Enfield Independent:

"It is a disgrace that London Underground are denying access to the Tube for many disabled people and others who rely on using a lift at Oakwood Tube station, simply due to a lack of trained staff.

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