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Putting Thameslink on the Tube map truly is a no-brainer

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, responding to the announcement by TfL Commissioner Andy Byford that Thameslink stations will be added to the Tube map by Christmas, said:

“This is an incredibly welcome decision and it is a change that I have long advocated.

“The TfL Commissioner is absolutely right to say the change is a no-brainer. A service which offers a Tube service in so many respects should of course be on the Tube map.

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.

Tube stations must not go cashless by stealth

After being alerted by concerned Tube staff to a plan to make all stations cashless, Caroline Pidgeon has criticised TfL's attempts to do this by stealth during a pandemic, and described the negative impact it would have:

Caroline told the Evening Standard:

“The move to solely cashless ticket machines at London Underground stations must not happen by stealth.

Sadiq Khan cannot run away from responsibility on Crossrail

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the news of further delays to the opening of Crossrail, said:

“Covid might partly explain these latest delays, but they are only part of the picture as even Crossrail admits.

“The consequences of Crossrail opening two and half years late are immense. The project has soared in cost and every day it is not open valuable fare income is being lost to TfL and this vital new railway is not open to Londoners.‎

Londoners pay the bill for the Mayor and Government's political games

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the news that most train fares will rise by 1.6% from 2 January 2021, but TfL fares will rise by 2.6% due to Government set conditions on TfL said:

“This exceptionally high fare rise for TfL passengers makes it clear that Londoners continue to pay the price for the political games being played by the Mayor and the Government.

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.

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