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Londoners have been let down by the lack of clear communication on Crossrail delays

As Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, Caroline Pidgeon has written to the Mayor expressing great disappointment at the lack of transparency around the delay in opening Crossrail, with board meetings held in secret instead of being forthcoming with the public.

We accept the assurances you have personally given to the Assembly that you did not know the specific details of the delay until two days before the announcement.

Waiting five years to fix the "crossing of death" is an insult to Greenwich residents

After Caroline Pidgeon pressured the Mayor to publish the list of dates to fix London's 33 most dangerous junctions, it has emerged that the Woolwich Road roundabout will not be made safer until 2023.

Caroline said:

“There are very good reasons why the Greenwich A102 junction is now known by local residents as the ‘crossing of death’

£10m lost in Crossrail ad revenue is a blow TfL cannot afford

Caroline's probing of the impact of the delay in opening Crossrail has revealed that TfL will lose £10m that it could have made from advertising inside Crossrail trains.

Caroline said:

"The £10m in lost commercial income due to the delayed opening of Crossrail is just the latest blow to TfL's finances.

"Any examination of TfL's accounts shows that it is clearly on the ropes. In its current state I wonder how many more financial blows it can now take."

We need answers from the Mayor, TfL and Crossrail

As the news came in that Crossrail services will not launch in December 2018, and will be postponed until autumn 2019, Caroline Pidgeon, chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, said:

"It is disappointing that the decision to delay the launch of Crossrail has been announced at such late notice. It is scarcely believable that the Mayor, TfL and Crossrail did not know of a likely delay a long time ago and chose not to let Londoners know sooner.

Gospel Oak to Barking: stop letting travellers down by passing the buck

Speaking to City AM, Caroline described her frustration at the poor service on the Gospel Oak to Barking line, and the repeated delays in introducing electric trains to replace the unreliable diesel trains that currently run.

"Users of this line have been badly let down.

"The continual excuses and passing of the buck between TfL, Network Rail and the train manufacturer are a perfect case study of everything that is wrong with our railway industry.

Crossrail's non-standard platforms will be a burden to disabled people

Caroline talked to Rail magazine about the frustrating Crossrail platform design which will leave disabled people unable to get onto trains step-free at suburban stations.

The new platforms at central stations have been built 20cm higher than the standard, which will leave an upwards step for passengers who board trains at the existing stations on the east and west of the route.

Caroline said:

Why Heathrow deserves a more thorough debate

Writing for Liberal Democrat Voice, Caroline points out that the issues around the third runway at Heathrow have not been properly discussed, and that the campaign against it needs to go on.

So let’s be absolutely clear, despite the thumping vote in favour of a third Heathrow runway the arguments against a third Heathrow have not been addressed

Many of the arguments in favour are outdated, most notably the obsession with hub airports.

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