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Rotherhithe gridlock progress is welcome, but more is needed

Local Liberal Democrats held discussions with Transport for London at City Hall this week to demand action to tackle the daily gridlock on Jamaica Road and the Rotherhithe peninsula.

Lib Dem councillors and representatives from Simon Hughes MP's office attended the talks on Tuesday (12 November), hosted by Leader of the GLA Liberal Democrats Caroline Pidgeon AM.

TfL used the meeting to discuss early ideas for changes at the roundabout after on-going complaints about queues going into Rotherhithe tunnel blocking access.

We need urgent progress on cycle safety

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the fourth London cyclist to die on London’s roads in just eight days, said:

“Our sympathy must be with the families and friends of all these people who have had their lives so cruelly taken away in recent days.

“It is now absolutely imperative that the Mayor and Transport for London redouble their efforts to make our roads safer for everyone.”

Cable car should go on top of the bonfire of Mayor's vanity projects

Commenting on the latest cable car passenger figures for the Thames cable car which show that weekly passenger figures are dramatically lower than a year ago Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group said:

“If there was a bonfire of Mayoral vanity schemes the cable car deserves to be put at the very top.”

Mayor must respond swiftly to Cycle Superhighways safety concerns

The London Assembly motion has called on Mayor Boris Johnson to take swift action to make cycle routes in London as safe as possible, including responding fully to criticisms made during the inquests into the deaths of cyclists Brian Dorling and Philippine de Gerin-Ricard.

Following criticism from police and other witnesses, Coroner Mary Hassell expressed concerns over the safety of Cycle Superhighway 2 in a Prevention of Future Deaths report, which stated that she felt “there is a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is taken”.

Mayor needs to give guarantees on Oyster fares

As a pilot of "wave and pay" technology on the Tube approaches, Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Lib Dem London Assembly Group, said:

“It is time the Mayor gave some clear answers on how wave and pay technology will finally be rolled out across the Tube, DLR, trams and Overground.

“He needs to clarify his long-term vision for Oyster and ensure its fares always stay the cheapest available.”

Why the secrecy over electric buses?

London is set to see two pure electric buses on its roads from next month with four more starting in the Spring.

The details of this initiative are hidden away in Transport for London’s Commissioner report to the TfL Board published yesterday.

Electric buses are increasingly being adopted in European cities and in cities across the world. London’s final adoption of them is a clear example of the capital now trying to catch up with other major cities.

Fresh thinking on fares is now needed

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on today’s London Assembly Transport Committee report which recommends that the Mayor and TfL examine new fare and ticket options, including a part-time travelcard, said:

"The Mayor needs to recognise that fresh thinking on fares is needed.

Greenwich Council owes foot tunnel users an apology

Responding to a report investigating the causes of the 3-year overrun in the project to refurbish the Greenwich and Woolwich foot tunnels, Caroline Pidgeon said: "Finally some information has come to light as to why the upgrades to the tunnels took so long and incredibly are still in such a poor condition.

"Reading the report it does seem that fault lies equally with Greenwich Council and the contractors.

"Greenwich Council must now apologise to the tens of thousands of pedestrians and cyclists who rely on these tunnels but were never kept properly informed while the disruption over the tunnel closures dragged on over such a long period of time."

Mayor is failing London's part-time workers

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s decision to rule out further consideration of a Travelcard to cover part-time workers, said:

“The Mayor’s categorical statement that he will not consider further introducing a travelcard to cover part-time workers is deeply disappointing.

“Already 900,000 people in London work part-time and the figure is rapidly increasing.

Cancelling pedestrians' day is a bitter disappointment

Commenting on the news that the "Very Important Pedestrians" day, where West End shopping streets are closed to traffic, has been cancelled, Caroline Pidgeon said:

"After a decade of growing success, it is bitterly disappointing that VIP Day is not taking place this year.

"Every year, tills have been ringing out as tens of thousands of extra customers have flooded into the West End to take advantage of streets free from noisy and polluting vehicles.

"Far from ending VIP Day, we should be building upon it."


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