London-wide + Sutton stories

Mayor’s plans for London transport network may not be what they seem

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on Transport for London’s new Business Plan, said:

“There is much in this new Business Plan that is very welcome, such as the commitment to continued upgrades to the Tube, the extension of the Bakerloo Line and a pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf.

“The reduction on TfL’s reliance on expensive agency staff is certainly long overdue. Tackling this is something I long urged TfL to address.”

TfL should take over Southern Rail

As the Southern Rail situation gets worse and worse for passengers, Caroline Pidgeon told the SWLondoner website that both management and unions have failed and a change in control is needed:

The dispute over conductor-free trains has reached a point where it does not matter what assurances Southern offer because the RMT union is now striking for the sake of it.

I am hugely concerned about the additional stress this is having on London.

You see the stress on passengers’ faces and it’s not good enough.

Mayor accepts that Sutton’s “appalling” lack of public transport is a strong case for the Tramlink extension

At City Hall the new Mayor of London was grilled by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon over his level of support for extending Tramlink to Sutton.

In responding to her questions the Mayor stated he backed the scheme and was ‘keen to get Tramlink extended.” He also admitted that Sutton has an “appalling” lack of public transport and that for too long transport connections to Sutton have been neglected.

Getting the Vote Out in Sutton

Here is Caroline getting the vote out in Sutton on polling day with Lib Dem London Assembly Candidate for the Croydon and Sutton constituency Amna Ahmed and local councillors Arthur Hookway and Paul Wingfield.

Joining the local team in Sutton to campaign

Caroline joined local Lib Dem London Assembly candidate for Sutton and Croydon Amna Ahmed along with her local Lib Dem team for a campaigning session in Sutton.

They received a great response on the doorstep and there was a lot of recognition of the hard work of local MP Tom Brake and also the Lib Dem-run Borough Council from local residents.

Talking about air quality and and its health impact in Sutton

Caroline went to Sutton with Lib Dem member of the House of Lords Baroness Brinton to visit the Sutton Breathe Easy patient support group, which is a group that offers help and support to people with lung conditions.

This group is part of the British Lung Foundation network, an excellent charity that campaigns tirelessly to improve air quality in the UK.

Out with local councillors and Baroness Brinton in Sutton

Caroline went out campaigning with Baroness Brinton in Sutton. They met with local Liberal Democrat councillors Paul Wingfield and Arthur Hookway, who both represent Worcester Park ward, and spoke to many local residents about the upcoming Mayoral and London Assembly elections.

They had a great response on the doorstep, especially to Caroline’s plans to increase police numbers in London by 3000.

Campaigning to save our neighbourhood police in Sutton

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Tom Brake MP and local Liberal Democrat Councillors and campaigners on Wallington High Street at their regular street stall on 12th December. It may have been cold out but the reception was fantastic and people were queuing to sign our petition to save London’s community police PCSOs and PCs in our local neighbourhoods.

Caroline then went out with Tom and Leader of the Council Cllr Ruth Dombey talking to businesses in Sutton High Street including Pearsons, the oldest bike shop in the world.

Crossrail 2 - the right thing for London, but we have to do it right

Caroline has responded to Transport for London’s recent consultation on Crossrail 2. You can see a full copy of her response here.

Caroline sets out the long standing support of London Assembly Liberal Democrats for Crossrail. Her consultation response also reiterates the vital importance of every station on the route, from the first day of operation, providing step-free access.