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.
As Transport for London admitted that the rate of fare evasion on "Boris buses" is twice as much as on the rest of the bus network, Caroline Pidgeon has called for TfL to look for alternatives that don't prevent passengers from boarding at the centre and back doors.
Caroline Pidgeon shared the frustration of outer London residents that Transport for London's promised review of their bus services will now take five years to complete.
“The Mayor and TfL have always defended cutting bus services in central London on the grounds that buses will be redeployed to outer London.
“It now seems that only part of that deal is being honoured – that of cutting bus services in central London.
Caroline joined local Havering residents at an event in Romford looking at public transport accessibility across Greater London. The event gave people with disabilities the opportunity to give feedback and hear about the services already on offer.
Caroline explained the importance of looking at these issues in detail:
Caroline took on the Mayor at Question Time over his support for the Silvertown road tunnel.
Caroline met campaigners at City Hall to receive a petition to the London Assembly against the Mayor’s plans for a new tunnel between Silvertown and Greenwich. "The case for a new road tunnel just does not stack up when we are trying to clean up London’s air" said Caroline.
As the London Assembly Transport Committee published its report into the handling of the long-delayed Crossrail project, committee chair Caroline Pidgeon said:
“It is a complete tragedy that one of the most highly anticipated engineering projects the world has ever seen has found itself in a mess of overspending, mismanagement and an embarrassingly long delay.