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King's Cross junction plans are a missed opportunity for pedestrians and cyclists

Caroline Pidgeon has written to Transport for London in response to their plans for the junction of King's Cross Road and Pentonville Road – currently a dangerous and hostile junction for cyclists and pedestrians.

Caroline welcomed TfL's attention to the junction, but highlighted the shortcomings in the plans, which could have achieved much more to make a safe and pleasant environment.

Investigation into Port murders is more evidence that the Met's institutional problems must be addresses

Responding to the release of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary’s report into the investigation of the Stephen Port murders, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and Crime and Policing Spokesperson Caroline Pidgeon AM said:

“The murders of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor were a tragedy and my thoughts remain with their family and friends who did not receive the level of support from the Met they deserved and have had to relive their pain during subsequent inquiries.

Met scandals are making recruitment challenges worse

Responding to the news that the Metropolitan Police are the only police force in the UK not to meet their recruitment targets, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and Police & Crime Spokesperson Caroline Pidgeon AM said:

“Londoners are crying out for a return to real community policing and the news today that the Met is the only police service in England and Wales not to meet its recruitment targets will rightly concern a lot of Londoners.

Edmonton Green train service cuts will be a hammer blow for the community

As Greater Anglia announced that it will stop running all its services through Edmonton Green station, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

“This news will come as a hammer blow for those in Edmonton.

“This station is already one of the busiest on the line and the withdrawal of Greater Anglia services will place increased pressure on other services.

“The Mayor needs to think again and to work with Government to provide vital rail services on this line."

Moving City Hall to Royal Docks was a waste of money

As the cost of the Greater London Authority's move to Royal Docks passed the £30m mark, Caroline Pidgeon criticised the decision to move.

“Moving City Hall has saved very little to the public purse out of the Mayor’s annual £20 billion budget. The new building is not fit for purpose and even more money is now having to be spent to make it work for the GLA staff who are based there.

“This was a foolish decision by the Mayor, leaving the iconic, purpose-built City Hall building empty next to Tower Bridge.”


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