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Mayor must listen to the coroner and admit mistakes

As Boris Johnson disputed the conclusions of a coroner's report finding that cycle superhighways create a false sense of security for cyclists, Lib Dem London Assembly leader Caroline Pidgeon said:

“The Mayor is simply wrong to question the views of the independent coroner who listened to expert witnesses before publishing her report. His inability to admit fundamental mistakes were made is a serious hindrance to improving road safety.”

Sentences for cycling deaths are far too lenient

Speaking to the Evening Standard on figures showing that of 40 deaths of cyclists on London's roads between 2010 and 2012, only 4 resulted in prison sentences for careless driving, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“All the evidence does suggest that far too often lenient sentences are being handed down to motorists and lorry drivers who have been convicted for careless driving which has contributed to the death of a cyclist.”

All new look for Tolworth

Caroline Pidgeon AM was delighted to join local Lib Dem Councillors and the Mayor of Kingston at the official opening of the Tolworth Greenway project. The project is an innovative design of the pavement and cycle ways linking up Tolworth station with the shopping high street, making the area much safer to get around across the busy A240 roundabout.

"Previously local residents and shoppers only had underpasses to get around this dangerous junction, but now they have a wonderful bright and inviting green walkway with wonderful planting and light" commented Caroline Pidgeon AM.

"Other Boroughs are already interested in this innovation and I hope that this will really help to bring more shoppers to the Tolworth High Street" added Caroline.

Lib Dem success on Picadilly line for Turnham Green

After a lengthy campaign by Ealing Liberal Democrats and Caroline Pidgeon, the Mayor has announced at December's Mayor’s Question Time that Piccadilly line trains will stop properly at Turnham Green once modernisation work is complete. Although this may be a number of years off, he has made a commitment that tubes will stop all night when the Piccadilly line becomes part of the “Night Tube” in 2015.

Caroline Pidgeon and Tom Brake call for action on Hackbridge station

Caroline Pidgeon and Tom Brake have called on Transport for London (TfL) to get an Oyster reader installed and working immediately at the entrance to the new step-free path at Hackbridge.

The work on the new step-free path from London Road to platform two at Hackbridge train station has been completed but, according to Rail Network, the opening has been held-up by the delay in the delivery of the Oyster card reader.

Commercial lobbying, not common sense is leading the aviation debate

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the proposed recommendations from Sir Howard Davies on expanding airport aviation, said:

“For the Davies Commission to advocate a third Heathrow runway in its proposed options means that it lacks any credibility in going forward.

“There is a great deal of spare aviation capacity in London and the South East. By showing so little interest in an intelligent use of this spare capacity the Davies inquiry has totally lost its way.”

Contactless technology is not catching on

As Transport for London claimed contactless payment on buses has been a success despite missing its target usage figures, Caroline Pidgeon told the MayorWatch website:

"Contactless technology has not really caught on with passengers in London. A year after its roll out on London’s 8,500 buses it seems each bus is typically seeing just four fares every day being paid with a bank card.

Cable car usage is pitiful for a publicly funded project

As figures revealed that use of the Thames cable car has fallen nearly 50% compared to December 2012, Caroline Pidgeon, called for the service to be free for those whose travelcards include Zone Two, and said:

"Last week barely 2,000 people were using the cable car every day," she said. "The number of people using it has plummeted over the last year.

Cycle hire deal with Barclays was always one-sided

Commenting on the news that Barclays will not renew its sponsorship of the Cycle Hire scheme when the initial contract expires, Caroline Pidgeon told the BBC:

"Barclays have received immense benefits from the publicity given to the cycle hire scheme in its early years, but now that its performance is looking shaky they appear to be bailing out.

"Fundamental questions have to be asked as to how such a one-sided deal was ever struck between Transport for London and Barclays."

The key cycle safety statistic that the Mayor must focus on

Caroline Pidgeon AM, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s comments today about improving cycle safety in the capital said:

"I very much welcome TfL’s initiatives to ensure there are better designed lorries on London’s roads.

“TfL has immense purchasing power and anything it can do to improve the design of lorries has my total support.


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