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Time has run out for excuses on Thameslink's dismal service

Caroline Pidgeon has written to the CEO of Govia Thameslink Railway, calling for the cuts to Thameslink services to be reversed and the service to be restored to the frequency that is already being achieved on other rail lines.

Caroline commented:

Thameslink's timetable has been significantly reduced during August, yet passengers are still facing last-minute cancellations.

TfL and tram operators must learn lessons and take urgent action on safety

Following the verdict of the inquest into the tragic 2016 Croydon tram crash, Caroline Pidgeon said:

"The loved ones of those who died now have answers, but they will also want assurances that no one else will have to go through the pain they have suffered.

"The crash shocked the Croydon community because the tram is a key part of Croydon's transport network. TfL and tram operators must ensure lessons are learnt, and take urgent steps to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again.

A clear plan is still needed to get Crossrail up and running

As the National Audit Office released its report into Crossrail’s 2019 revised schedule and budget, London Assembly Transport Committee Chair Caroline Pidgeon commented:

"It's deeply disappointing that the cost estimate for Crossrail exceeds the funding package. The current estimate is between £30m and £218m above the current available funding to complete the programme, with a middle estimate of £120m over.

Face coverings being maintained on TfL services is the right decision

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the decision to maintain the requirement to wear face coverings on public transport as a condition of travel on all TfL services after 19 July, said:

“This is a welcome decision which I have been urging the Mayor to make. It would be utter nonsense to immediately abandon this public health measure as the number of Covid infections rises so steeply.

Tube cash payments: the voice of vulnerable passengers has been heard

Caroline Pidgeon has welcomed Transport for London's cancellation of its plans to make the Tube cash-free.

Caroline told the Evening Standard:

“This is a welcome announcement. For a long time TfL’s strategy was to remove by stealth the ability to use cash at its station ticket machines.

“The decisions it made last year on removing cash payments were based on zero consultation with passengers and little real evidence of passenger or staff safety.

Rail station upgrades in Southwark and Lambeth

Caroline had a fantastic afternoon visiting the major upgrade schemes happening at Denmark Hill, Peckham Rye and Tulse Hill stations.

The first stop was Denmark Hill, with its fab artwork led by the the Camberwell Society and the new entrance onto Windsor Walk that will open this summer.

Next was Peckham Rye Station, to see and discuss the plans to restore the station and importantly make it step-free.

Tactile paving at stations is such a crucial and basic safety measure

The London Assembly has unanimously passed Caroline Pidgeon's motion calling for all stations in London have tactile paving installed within 4 years passed.

This is a crucial and basic safety measure for blind and visually impaired people.

Caroline said:

"It is nothing less than a scandal that one third of train platforms in London and around the country are so unsafe, especially for blind and visually impaired people.

TfL needs a long-term funding deal, not continued delays

As the government and Mayor agreed a short-term funding deal for Transport for London, instead of a long-term solution, London Assembly Transport Committee Chair Caroline Pidgeon commented:

"The continued delays are not useful -recent passenger numbers are 40% of pre-pandemic levels on the Underground and 61% on the bus network. These levels will increase over time and Londoners need to know their transport needs will be met as demand grows.

When will Crossrail eventually open?

In the London Assembly, Caroline questioned the Mayor on progress with Crossrail, and the continued uncertainty as to the opening date and the total cost.

The Mayor confirmed that he expects the opening to be “in the first half of next year” and the final cost is yet to be determined…

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