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Campaigning in Wembley Central

Caroline joined Lib Dem Cllr Chunilal Hirani and other local Liberal Democrats out meeting local residents in Wembley Central on Saturday 11th July.

Local residents commented on how pleased they were with the work of the Lib Dem led Council.

Action for Ruston Mews residents

Caroline met with residents from Ruston Mews, which backs onto Ladbroke Grove Tube Station, on Friday 10th July with local Lib Dem campaigner Carol Caruana. Residents have had a huge number of issues with the existing station, including loud announcements. However, with plans to increase the number of trains and lengthen the platforms, even more noise and general problems are feared.

One hour bus ticket campaign gathers support at the Elephant and Castle

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, joined up recently with Simon Hughes MP, Councillor Adele Morris and local party activists to campaign for the Mayor of London to introduce one hour bus tickets.

At the Elephant and Castle, near to the Metropolitan Tabernacle, bus users and local residents were urged to sign a petition calling for Boris Johnson and Transport for London to follow the example of other European cities by introducing bus tickets which would allow unlimited rides for a one hour period.

Save the South London Line

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined local residents, staff from King’s College Hospital and politicians from all parties at a campaign rally on Friday 26 June at Denmark Hill Station to save the South London Line. This is the loop line that runs all day from Victoria to London Bridge. By 2012 Denmark Hill will have no direct trains to London Bridge and only 2 trains per hour to Victoria.

Caroline Pidgeon challenges Mayor over Jubilee line disruption

Caroline Pidgeon has tabled a question to Boris Johnson to ask why, during the engineering work disrupting the Jubilee line this summer, replacement buses from Canada Water are being directed to Bank rather than along the line's normal route to Waterloo.

"It seems extraordinary that TfL decide on where to route rail replacement buses without, it would appear, consulting the local community," says Caroline.

TfL paints double red lines on road by mistake

The Hounslow Chronicle covers the story of the double red lines painted by mistake on Lower Mortlake Road in Richmond, and the efforts of Susan Kramer MP and Caroline Pidgeon AM in having them removed.

Caroline tabled a question on the issue to Boris Johnson, who admitted: "An error was made, resulting in TfL’s contractors installing double red lines in advance of a decision being made on the necessary traffic orders. ... Any red lines introduced prematurely and without a valid traffic order will not be enforced."

Caroline questions the Mayor

Caroline's questions in June's Mayor's Question Time, and Boris Johnson's answers, are now on the London Assembly's website.

Caroline covered a number of topics, including:

  • Free access to National Rail services for Freedom Pass holders at peak time
  • Ensuring Londoners can continue to commute with the extra strain on public transport during the 2012 Olympics
  • Preventing the loss of local accessible transport services like the ones recently closed down in Kingston

The full questions and answers are here.

Campaigning for safe crossings in Lewisham

Caroline Pidgeon, Lib Dem chair of the London Assembly's Transport Committee, has visited the Tiger's Head junction between Bromley Road and Whitefoot Lane in Lewisham. In the video above, Caroline speaks about her campaign to have the Mayor and Transport for London act on junctions like this which put pedestrians in danger.

Caroline has also continued her support for a pedestrian crossing at the dangerous junction of Courthill Road and Lewisham High Street.

Get Central Road Moving!

Caroline joined Lib Dem Councillors and campaigners and Nonsuch By-Election candidate Gerry Jerome at Worcester Park on Saturday 20th June to campaign to get Central Road moving!

Traffic engineers believe that changing the phasing of the traffic lights will see great improvements. However, despite much disturbance whilst the road was dug up and new cabling was installed, Transport for London have not made the necessary changes.


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