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Thameslink should be on the tube map!

Caroline Pidgeon welcomed the prospect of the Thameslink route appearing on the tube map, to remind central London travellers that it's a convenient and less crowded option.

Caroline told the London SE1 website:

"I very much welcome what looks like the Mayor and TfL backing down on this issue.

"There are short and long term arguments for putting Thameslink back on the tube map.

The move to a cashless tube has not been thought through

Caroline Pidgeon has criticised Transport for London's move to end cash payments across all Tube stations, without a genuine consultation process.

Caroline told the Evening Standard:

“I remain concerned that TfL is still planning to end cash payments across all of its Tube stations.

“The potential of increased fare evasion appears to have not been considered or the difficulties of people being forced to quickly top up their Oyster cards while on the move.

Cycle hire scheme needs a serious expansion

On the tenth anniversary of the cycle hire scheme, Caroline Pidgeon pointed to the gaps in its coverage - especially in south-east London, and especially at a time when so many people want to cycle rather than use buses or trains.

“The bold expansion of the scheme that took place in the early years of the scheme has halted. It is time that much more ambition was shown.

A temporary VAT cut for restaurants would be good business sense

Caroline Pidgeon has joined Liberal Democrats mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita, and Lib Dem councillors from around London, to ask the Chancellor to temporarily cut VAT on restaurant food to 10%, as restaurants deal with the huge damage the pandemic has done to their businesses.

In her letter to the Chancellor, Caroline says:

Supporting the vital work of Sistah Space

Caroline has written to the mayor to advocate for Sistah SPACE Against Domestic Abuse, a Hackney-based domestic violence charity focussed on supporting and helping women and girls of African heritage across London. They have been evicted from their offices, and Hackney Council has asked them to move to a wholly unsuitable premises.

Caroline has stressed to the mayor that it's essential for Sistah Space to remain in the premises they are in, or find alternative, appropriate accommodation so that they can carry on their essential work.

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