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TfL admit King's Cross junction does not meet safety standards

As a result of questions asked to the Mayor by Caroline Pidgeon, Transport for London have admitted that a large junction at King's Cross does not meet their own safety standards, and refused to answer on why they have done nothing to comply with those standards.

You can read full coverage on the King's Cross Environment blog.

And on the same blog, you can read about Caroline's continued scrutiny and Boris Johnson's complacency on cycle safety issues.

Bow roundabout plans are just a first step

Speaking to the road.cc cycling website about TfL's initial plans to improve safety at Bow roundabout - a notoriously dangerous junction for cyclists - Caroline Pidgeon commented:

These improvements are only a first step - they must be followed through with a much bigger plan of work to improve safety and access for pedestrians as well.

Read the full article here.

TfL needs more than just tough talk on bus fare evasion

As the Mayorwatch website reports, the Mayor's "New Bus for London" shows signs that it will suffer from no less fare evasion than bendy buses did, with three separate doors.

Caroline Pidgeon commented:

Given that fare evasion stands at £63 million, it is time the Mayor stopped just talking tough on fare evasion and actually adopted some tough measures. His new London bus with its three sets of doors, will effectively be the new ‘free bus’ in London unless its conductors actually check people’s fares.

Read the full article here.

Library closures in Brent

Caroline joined Lib Dem Leader Cllr Paul Lorber and local Brent and Harrow candidate Charlotte Henry on Saturday 21st January meeting local library campaigners in Kensal Rise.

The Labour Council has closed 6 libraries across the Borough despite strong opposition and a campaign that has gone to the high court. Caroline talked to local campaigners and saw first hand their fantastic pop up library which has been established to keep a library in the area.

Caroline raised with the Mayor of London at the budget meeting on the 25th January, whether he had considered giving any support for libraries in his budget, perhaps through helping to support and train volunteers who are now running so many across London.

Talking transport in Waltham Forest

Caroline joined local Liberal Democrats in Cann Hall at a public meeting to discuss public transport in the area. Many residents came along to raise concerns from the impact of the Olympics on local streets to issues with bus routes 257 and 58.

The team also heard about problems with the Central Line and TfL’s attitude towards working with community groups to improve bus routes and services.

Caroline will be taking up a number of issues from the meeting.

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