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The new lockdown rules – and how to get help when you need it

Monday's announcement has made clear that we must all stay at home except for essential purposes. The message is once again: Stay Home – Protect the NHS – Save Lives.

More information on what the rules are and the reasons you are able to leave home are at gov.uk.

This will be a difficult time for many, and please do remember there are lots of people who can help if you are struggling with mental ill-health:

  • Samaritans - 116 123

Thameslink on the Tube map is welcome – it should be a permanent change!

Commenting on Transport for London's decision to add Thameslink temporarily to the Tube Map during 2021, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“This is an incredibly welcome decision and should have been made months ago.

“It is a change that I have long advocated and it is good to see TfL finally listening.

“A line which offers a Tube-like service in so many respects should of course be on the Tube map.

The Stratford-St Pancras line should be part of the zone system

Caroline Pidgeon has written to the Secretary of State for Transport asking for him to consider including the Southeastern route between Stratford International and St Pancras in the Travelcard Zoning System.

This would open up new travel routes to many in East London and reduce overcrowding, both now and as we recover from COVID-19.

Create a Sports Recovery Fund for grassroots sport

Caroline Pidgeon has written to the Mayor of London stressing the importance of London's community sports clubs, and calling for the creation of a Sports Recovery Fund.

Sport doesn't just improve physical health but can also be important for mental health too. Sports clubs and facilities will play a crucial role as we recover from COVID-19.

You can sign a petition for the creation of a Sports Recovery Fund here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/553619.

Free travel for under 18s is a glimmer of hope, but the Government's childish games go on

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the news of a new funding deal between the Government and TfL, said:

“I am relieved that the foolish and damaging proposals to strip away free transport for under 18 year olds have finally been dropped.

“Young people are suffering enough and these proposals should never have even been considered. I congratulate everyone, and especially young people, who have fought so hard for these proposals to be dropped.

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