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The mayor needs to roll up his sleeves and tackle TfL's excessive payouts

Caroline Pidgeon has challenged Sadiq Khan to take a seat on Transport for London's remuneration committee and take ownership of preventing issues like the £50m spent on severance payments to departing staff last year.

Unlike the previous mayors, he has refused to join the committee.

Caroline said:

“The mayor of London is ultimately in charge of Transport for London yet Sadiq Khan has adopted a strange trick of distancing himself from the organisation when it conveniently suits his political needs.

Mayor is too late on excessive severance payments for senior TfL staff

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the severance payments set out in TfL’s Annual Report, and the decision of the Mayor of London to commission a review into notice periods and severance arrangements for senior staff across the GLA Group, said:

"Passengers will find these huge severance payments galling at a time when Tube reliability has been in decline and many bus services are being cut back.

Mayor and TfL should ensure the trains run on a very special weekend

Londoners and visitors are facing heavy travel disruption on the city's biggest weekend of the year - due to engineering work on the Tube and Overground, as well as the rail strike.

Caroline Pidgeon criticised the Mayor and Transport for London for the poor timing, and urged them to rethink:

“The weekend of 19 and 20 May will be a very special weekend for the capital, with a London team in the FA Cup Final and many people coming to London to take part in events across the capital celebrating the royal wedding.

The Mayor hasn't listened properly to RV1 bus users

The Mayor has refused to reverse the cuts to the RV1 bus service, which have left users with just three buses per hour - despite having spent £1 million on two new hydrogen-powered buses for the route just weeks before!

Caroline Pidgeon expressed the disappointment and frustration of local passengers:

"I welcome TfL at least admitting that it was unacceptable to suddenly cut in half the frequency of the RV1 without giving advance notice to customers and stakeholders.

Council and TfL are still failing to answer questions over Hammersmith Bridge

Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, after the continued failure of the leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council to answer her questions about how long Hammersmith Bridge will be closed for, said:

“No one underestimates the challenges of finally repairing and strengthening this historic bridge.

“However just because the issue is challenging is no excuse for not being open with the public.

101 police line keeps too many Londoners waiting on the phone

Figures showing the lengthy wait many Londoners face in attempting to contact the 101 police non-emergency line have been revealed by Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member.

Caroline's questions to the Mayor revealed that in 2017:

  • Almost one million Londoners simply gave up seeking to get through to the 101 telephone line
  • The average time during 2017 to get through was 4 minutes and 4 seconds, although in June 2017 it soared to 8 minutes and 20 seconds

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