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Croydon tram crash report must now be acted on

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch into the overturning of a tram at Sandilands junction on the 9th November 2016 said:

“Sadly the clock can never be turned back, but one thing that must now happen is that each and every recommendation from this investigation report is implemented as quickly as possible.

The whole of London needs rigorous landlord licensing

Inside Croydon reports on the ineffectiveness of Croydon council's landlord licensing scheme - with only one prosecution in the last year.

Caroline told Inside Croydon:

“Within London’s private rented sector there is now a need for a proper and robust framework of regulation across the entire city. The data clearly demonstrates that only a rigorous regime of licensing will result in the enforcement needed to put an end to the problem of rogue landlords that exist across every part of London.”

Croydon tram accident investigation has made incredibly serious revelations

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the revelations by the BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme of Croydon tram drivers admitting to the programme they had fallen asleep and that trams have been breaching track speed limits, even since the tram crash of November 2016, said:

"These are incredibly serious revelations, especially if any breaches of speeding have occurred since the horrific tram crash last November.

Lessons must be learned for trams and buses after Croydon accident

As the Rail Accidents Investigation Branch proceeds with its enquiry into the tram accident in Croydon last November which tragically killed seven people, particularly focusing on the glass used in the tram windows, Caroline Pidgeon has pointed out that its recommendations also need to be applied to buses - which have the same type of windows.

Caroline said:

One third of London hospitals still fail to help police tackle knife crime

Over a third of hospitals in London are still failing to take part in a scheme which has been proven to dramatically reduce knife crime. The admission that many hospitals are still not sharing anonymous data collected from knife victims was made this week by Stephen Greenhalgh, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

Mayor must now come clean over plans for Night Buses

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the announcement that the launch of the Night Tube has been deferred, said:

"This is a big climb down for the Mayor. His retreat is entirely due to his error in setting a specific start date before all the staffing arrangements and other issues had been settled.

"By pushing for a set start date the Mayor strengthened the union’s negotiating position.

One Hour Bus Ticket: a long-standing focus for Caroline and the Lib Dems

Dave Hill's London blog in the Guardian looks at the proposal by potential Labour mayoral candidate Christian Wolmar for a bus ticket valid over multiple journeys for an hour - and points out that this has been a long-standing policy of Caroline Pidgeon and the London Assembly Liberal Democrats:

Upsurge in lift problems at Tube stations harms freedom to travel

Caroline Pidgeon's questions to the Mayor have revealed that between 2013 and 2014, the hours lost due to lift closures on the Tube have risen by 50%, harming the freedom to travel of disabled people and those who depend on step-free access. The main reason was the lack of available trained staff to operate lifts.

Caroline said:

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