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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.

New campaign for safe A5 crossing

Liberal Democrat campaigners have launched a new campaign for a safe crossing on the busy A5 near Staples Corner. Currently Dollis Hill residents have no safe place to cross the dangerous trunk route between the Staples Corner footbridges and the traffic lights at Dollis Hill Lane, despite a record of accidents along that stretch of road.

"I often see residents dodging traffic as they try to reach the bus stop on the other side of the road," said local Dollis Hill councillor Alison Hopkins, whose brainchild the campaign is.

DLR bike trial is long overdue

Commenting on the news that the DLR will allow bikes on board off-peak trains for a six-month trial starting in July, Liberal Democrat London Assembly leader Caroline Pidgeon said:

"There has never been a convincing case for a blanket bike ban throughout the day on the DLR. This trial is both welcome as well as long overdue.”

Read the full story here at the Evening Standard.

Bakerloo Line extension is anything but a “a deal”

The Mayor of London has confirmed that no funding at all has been set aside to develop the proposal of extending the Bakerloo Line through Southwark and Lewisham and towards Hayes in Bromley. This is despite the Mayor’s previous suggested claims that its development was a confirmed “deal”.

Commenting on the Mayor’s reply to a recent written question Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group said:

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