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Mayor should focus on Tube funding, not pre-election gimmicks

As Transport for London admitted that daily disruption on the Central line is likely to continue until the summer, Caroline Pidgeon said:

"The Mayor of London needs to focus less on pre-election gimmicks and more on the day job. Funding the Tube network properly needs to be a priority.

"We have already seen warnings this sort of disruption could spread to the Northern, Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines if this issue is not gotten to grips with."

Sutton needs a proper connection to the Tube and tram network

Following the disappointing news that the plan to extend the London Trams network to Sutton will not be progressed, Caroline Pidgeon said:

"Residents in Sutton have been waiting 20 years for this scheme, which would link them to the wider Tube network.

"With Labour having expanded ULEZ to outer London, it is now even more vital.

"London Liberal Democrats will continue to push for the project to go ahead."

Fare evasion is costing honest commuters

Caroline Pidgeon has called for Transport for London to take firmer action against fare dodging, where enforcement currently remains weaker than it was before 2020.

Caroline said:

"While of course it is welcome news prosecutions for fare evasions are up on last year, it is deeply disappointing they still remain below the levels for 2019/20, especially with lower journeys now than before the pandemic.

ULEZ scrappage data shows that the scheme should have been extended wider, earlier

The latest data on the ULEZ scrappage scheme shows that only 40 per cent of applications have been accepted so far.

The Liberal Democrats have pointed out this is yet more evidence that the Mayor should have accepted their Budget amendment last year that would have opened the scheme to everyone from day one, without means testing – and furthermore, that the current scheme should be open to retrospective applications.

ULEZ fine for EU visitors risk damaging London's reputation

After the Guardian revealed that TfL has been threatened with legal action over allegations of unlawfully obtaining the details of EU drivers in order to fine them for Ultra Low Emisson Zone "breaches" – which often simply means a failure to register a compliant vehicle before arriving – Caroline Pidgeon has called for an urgent investigation.

Caroline said:

“It is extremely worrying to hear that TfL could be collecting its data from drivers unlawfully.

London transport must be sustainably funded

Caroline Pidgeon has welcomed the freeze in London transport fares for 2024, but warned of the need to ensure that Transport for London has stable and sustainable funding.

Caroline said:

"Any fare freeze is obviously good news for those reliant on public transport in the midst of an inflationary crisis.

"However, many will be wondering why they had to wait until an election year to take place.

Not enough is being done to make public transport accessible

Caroline Pidgeon has joined Southwark Liberal Democrats in advocating for Bermondsey residents who face a six-month closure of the only lift at Bermondsey tube station, heavily disadvantaging passengers with disabilities and mobility issues, as well as parents with prams and pushchairs.

Caroline said:

“Londoners with disabilities and mobility problems still face far too many barriers when it comes to accessing public transport across the Capital.

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