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Emily Davison - a remarkable woman that we should never forget

A campaign to remember the famous suffragette Emily Davison and her connection to Blackheath has been started by Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Mayoral candidate. Despite being born in Blackheath and having lived there for many years, her connection to the area is not publicly recognised.

Setting out the reasons for the need for a public plaque, Caroline Pidgeon said:

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.

People will look back in amazement at this foolish cruise terminal decision

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s decision this week to give the go ahead for a cruise liner terminal at Enderby Wharf in Greenwich, said:

“The decision by Greenwich Council and now the Mayor of London to reject using off shore power for this planning application is highly regrettable.

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:

Future for the loss-making cable car must be as an integrated part of the network

As the London Loves Business website obtained figures suggesting the cable car from the Royal Docks to North Greenwich is consistently costing more to run than it collects in fares, Caroline Pidgeon has argued it makes no economic sense as a stand-alone project and will only bring benefit as an integrated part of the transport system:

"Despite TfL spending a fortune on advertising and promoting the cable car, the passenger figures and the income generated by the cable car remain dismal.

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:

Step-free access to half London's stations is not enough

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on today’s announcement that half of TfL’s rail and Underground stations will be step-free by 2018, said:

“Any progress on making more TfL rail and Underground stations step-free is obviously welcome.

“However we can hardly be complacent when the reality is that in three years’ time half of all TfL rail and Underground will still be permanently inaccessible to disabled people and the many other people who require step free access.”

Only proper integration with public transport will make the cable car effective

As the latest disappointing figures on the Thames cable car showed that fewer people use it in a day than use the Tube in just two minutes, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

"Despite the cable car being long established and fast approaching its third anniversary its passenger numbers remain dismal.

"Quite frankly with so much public money spent on the project the best option would be to turn it into an integral form of public transport.

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