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Gospel Oak to Barking: stop letting travellers down by passing the buck

Speaking to City AM, Caroline described her frustration at the poor service on the Gospel Oak to Barking line, and the repeated delays in introducing electric trains to replace the unreliable diesel trains that currently run.

"Users of this line have been badly let down.

"The continual excuses and passing of the buck between TfL, Network Rail and the train manufacturer are a perfect case study of everything that is wrong with our railway industry.

Meeting Highgate community groups

Caroline had a productive meeting with the Highgate Society and other local community groups, along with the Mayor's cycling commissioner Will Norman, to discuss cycling routes and liveable neighbourhoods in Highgate and Archway.

Barking-Gospel Oak Line work has gone seriously wrong

The electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak Overground line has been delayed once again, and could now take until the end of 2017.

Caroline Pidgeon told the Evening Standard:

“Between TfL and NR something has gone seriously wrong with the electrification of the line.

"This has been increasingly clear for many months. Passengers were promised a year ago that the upgrade work would be finally completed by the end of June 2017.

Don't compromise the Overground's safety and success with staff cuts

Caroline Pidgeon has criticised plans to leave West Brompton, Highbury and Islington, Blackhorse Road and Canada Water Overground stations unstaffed during the day.

Caroline said:

“Having staff present at every London Overground station, from the first to last train, is central to its high level of service and success.

“The policy ensures the stations are safe and accessible for everyone, including disabled people who can use a ‘turn up and go’ service.

Network Rail and TfL need to explain further disruption for Gospel Oak-Barking passengers

As Transport for London announced that the London Overground line between Gospel Oak and Barking will now reopen to passengers on Monday 27 February, but that the installation of all of the overhead wires has not been completed on time and more work is required, Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, criticised the way the work has been executed and communicated:

“The fault for these delays rests with some appalling errors made by Network Rail, who have many questions to now answer.

Out campaigning in Islington with Terry Stacey

Caroline Pidgeon went out campaigning in Islington with the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Candidate for the North East constituency, Terry Stacey. They campaigned on Caroline’s Half Price Fares before Half Past Seven and to save the 277 bus route from being cut before it reaches Highbury and Islington – a policy which local residents do not want.

Keeping Caledonian Road tube station open is a victory for local people

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on Transport for London’s confirmation today that plans to refurbish Caledonian Road tube station will definitely not lead to the closure of the station, said:

“It is great news that Transport for London have fully reviewed their plans and can now confirm that it is possible to keep Caledonian Road station open whilst refurbishing its lifts one at a time.

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