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Not enough is being done to make public transport accessible

Caroline Pidgeon has joined Southwark Liberal Democrats in advocating for Bermondsey residents who face a six-month closure of the only lift at Bermondsey tube station, heavily disadvantaging passengers with disabilities and mobility issues, as well as parents with prams and pushchairs.

Caroline said:

“Londoners with disabilities and mobility problems still face far too many barriers when it comes to accessing public transport across the Capital.

Shoplifting epidemic is now out of hand

As the cost of shoplifting in London over 2023 was estimated at £110m, Caroline Pidgeon stressed the need for the Metropolitan Police to go "back to the basics" and invest in community policing.

Caroline said:

“The increase in shoplifting across London is unacceptable.

"The Met Commissioner and Sadiq Khan need to get to grips with a problem that is quickly becoming endemic. The fact that the rate of shoplifting has risen so much in London compared to the rest of the country is a real concern.

Great to see kids "driving" the DLR!

Caroline was delighted to see Transport for London trial her suggestion of a fun promotional campaign for the DLR's new rolling stock, with stickers and potentially cardboard steering wheels for children to "drive" the driverless trains!

Read more in the Evening Standard and the Guardian.

Save Wimbledon and Teddington police stations

In the wake of Sadiq Khan's intervention last year to keep Uxbridge police station ahead of the by-election there, Caroline has asked the Mayor to step in and also save Wimbledon police station from closure, as well as ensuring Teddington police station is retained for community use.

The Elizabeth line needs urgent improvements by Network Rail

Caroline Pidgeon has pressed the Mayor for answers about the chaos on the Elizabeth line on 7 December, where hundreds of passengers were left stranded in trains after a power outage, and had to wait up to five hours to be evacuated.

Caroline said:

"We urgently need Network Rail to carry out the necessary infrastructure improvements in West London to prevent further delays and disruptions to the Elizabeth Line.

"Customers' faith in the line has already been undermined by repeated disruptions."

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