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London's transport needs Government support – but the Mayor must cancel the Silvertown Tunnel

On 18th March, Caroline talked to BBC Radio London about the financial challenges facing London's transport system.

Caroline said:

Just like other world cities, the Government must support Transport for London after the previous Mayor agreed away its subsidy.

The surge in catalytic converter thefts must be tackled

The dramatic rise in the theft of car catalytic converters has been revealed by detailed figures obtained by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

Despite many crimes falling during lockdown, the theft of car catalytic converters has soared across London between 2019 and 2020, with increases in 27 of the 32 London boroughs covered by the Metropolitan Police. The borough with the highest number of thefts was Barnet, seeing 1114 thefts in 2020 – more than three thefts a day.

No excuse for a slow train approach to passenger safety

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) investigation report into the fatality at Eden Park train station on the 26 February 2020, where a blind man suffered fatal injuries after falling from the edge of a platform without tactile paving, said:

“In 2021 it is staggering that one third of platforms around the country lack tactile paving, a basic safety measure, simply because it is only installed when there are major station renovations.

Dropping plans to make all stations cashless is a real victory for Londoners

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on TfL dropping its plans to stop taking cash across all London Underground, DLR and London Overground stations, said:

“This is a welcome decision and a real victory for the 260,000 adults in London without a bank account. Children and tourists will also benefit from this decision.

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.

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