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Bus company penalty system must prioritise safety

As Transport for London released figures showing that London bus accidents cause a death every three weeks, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“There is something seriously wrong when the penalties facing bus companies are stacked towards tackling lateness when safety should be the very first priority.

“Bus companies must face stiff penalties if they take any risks with passenger safety.”

More buses on the way for C10 route

Transport for London will be putting more buses on the C10 route through Rotherhithe and Bermondsey this month after a long-running campaign by local residents supported by Caroline Pidgeon AM and by Liberal Democrat campaigners.

Passengers have complained for years about long waits, overcrowding and journeys being terminated before their final destination to ‘improve frequency’. Their concerns were backed by local Liberal Democrats on the Council, at City Hall and by former MP Simon Hughes.

Joining Sutton residents against bus route 463 changes

Tom Brake MP, and Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate, have formally delivered a petition with 500 signatures opposing changes to bus route 463 changes. Transport for London’s Head of Consultation Peter Bradley officially received the petition in person.

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.


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