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New Routemaster is a "cauldron on wheels" as passengers swelter

As temperatures reached over 30 degrees Celsius inside the poorly cooled new Routemaster replacement buses, Caroline Pidgeon told the Evening Standard:

"After spending a fortune of public money and after extensive testing the public should not have to put up with a cauldron on wheels.

"The Mayor and TfL should stop making excuses and ensure that such basic problems are sorted out as a matter of urgency."

Cycle superhighways need to be segregated and safe

Following the tragic death of a cyclist on Cycle Superhighway 2 at Aldgate East, Caroline Pidgeon told the BBC that the initial superhighways are flawed as they are "little more than blue paint put down on the road".

Caroline added: "London needs to rapidly learn from practices in Denmark and Holland and ensure we have widespread segregated cycling lanes and junctions that are safe for all road users."

Read the full article here at the BBC.

New £1m "Routemasters" are a waste of public money

Caroline Pidgeon told the BBC's Tom Edwards - after learning that passengers on some of the Mayor's new "Routemaster replacements" will not be able to get on and off the bus between stops:

Ten years of Oyster - keep it the cheapest option

Looking back at 10 years of Oyster, and its uncertain future as "wave and pay" technology is introduced, Caroline Pidgeon told the Mayorwatch website:

"While wave and way technology will inevitably become more widespread over the next few years there can be no excuse for people using Oyster who have no access to a bank account being penalised.

"The Mayor must honour his specific pledge that Oyster fares will remain the cheapest fares. If a weekly cap is introduced on using wave and pay on London buses then it is vital that a similar cap applies on Oyster PAYG weekly fares."

Read the full article here at MayorWatch.

Electrification of Barking to Gospel Oak train line is high voltage news

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the confirmation today by the Treasury that funding has been secured to ensure the long overdue electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak train line, said:

“This is incredibly welcome news. Electrification of this railway line stretching from Barking to Gospel Oak is exactly what long suffering passengers on this line have been waiting for. They can now look forward to a much more reliable service.

TfL holds £100m of the public's money on Oyster

After a Freedom of Information request from the London Assembly Lib Dems revealed that Transport for London is holding £100m of cash in Oyster credit balances and deposits, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

“For far too long Transport for London has been keeping secret the huge amounts of public money they are banking due to so many dormant Oyster cards.

TfL must take urgent action on Rotherhithe gridlock

Liberal Democrats at three levels of government have come together to ask Transport for London to take urgent action on the gridlock at Rotherhithe roundabout.

Borough councillors, Bermondsey MP Simon Hughes and London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon AM have joined forces to call for an end to the heavy congestion around Rotherhithe Tunnel, including changes to the road layout and roundabout.

Protecting transport investment will help keep London growing and moving

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on today’s Comprehensive Spending Review’s announcement relating to future investment by Transport for London, said:

“The big picture is that vital investment in transport in London has been protected. Tube upgrades and other much needed investment projects can now continue right through to the end of this decade. TfL’s six-year funding investment settlement will help ensure that London keeps growing and moving.

Cable car is still failing Londoners

Commenting on figures from TfL showing that the Thames cable car has been closed 69 times between July 2012 and April 2013 - not including a week's planned closure in March, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

"These figures show just how unreliable the Thames cable car is as a form of public transport.

"If a year ago anyone suggested that the Thames cable car would have to close for over 216 hours in its first nine months of operating they would be accused of wild scaremongering.

Trialing Dutch-style junctions for safe cycling

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined other London Assembly Members on a visit to the Transport Research Laboratory in Bracknell on Friday 7th June to see first hand the trials of different Dutch style junctions to make roads safer for cyclists and other users including pedestrians.

Caroline witnessed a trial with a dedicated cyclist traffic light as well as experiencing first hand a Dutch style roundabout with segregated cycle lanes. Caroline also saw lorry technology with alerts for cyclists and a driver simulator showing how different drivers react to different road layouts.


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