Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, has expressed her full support for the extension of the Bakerloo Line.
Setting out her reasons for backing the extension in a detailed submission to TfL’s consultation, Caroline Pidgeon said:
“South East London is at present poorly served by the Underground network. The extension is vital for regeneration in Southwark and Lewisham and for opening up new employment opportunities for thousands of people.
In a written question to the Mayor, Caroline again raised the issue of the heavily polluting proposed Silvertown tunnel - and pointed out this was nowhere in the Mayor's 2016 manifesto, whereas the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf bridge was promised and has been scrapped.
Caroline Pidgeon is continuing to press Transport for London to hold an independent enquiry into the 2016 tram crash in Croydon which killed 7 people and injured 62.
After the Deputy Mayor refused an enquiry, Caroline said:
“We still have a lot of questions for TfL to answer on its past record on safety issues and especially why it failed to share vital information while the investigations into the Sandilands tram crash were being undertaken.
Caroline Pidgeon has expressed her strong concern after obtaining documents through Mayor's Questions which reveal that Transport for London toned down its report on London Trams' safety issues, under pressure from the tram operating company.
As a legal wrangle between a contracting firm and Transport for London has delayed the start of the Silvertown Tunnel project, Caroline Pidgeon has called on the Mayor to use the delay as an opportunity to rethink this misguided scheme.
"Both the mayor and TfL are now in the position where they have been blocked from awarding a major contract for the Silvertown road tunnel.