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Get Central Road Moving!

Caroline joined Lib Dem Councillors and campaigners and Nonsuch By-Election candidate Gerry Jerome at Worcester Park on Saturday 20th June to campaign to get Central Road moving!

Traffic engineers believe that changing the phasing of the traffic lights will see great improvements. However, despite much disturbance whilst the road was dug up and new cabling was installed, Transport for London have not made the necessary changes.

Make Harrow on the Hill station accessible

Caroline Pidgeon AM recently visited Harrow on the Hill to put her support behind the campaign by Harrow Observer to have the long-awaited lifts installed at the station. Caroline was joined by local Lib Dem Councillors Chris Noyce and Paul Scott.

Step-free access is vital at this station which sees around 10 million people use it every year. It is an important interchange between two branches of the Metropolitan line and the London Marylebone to Aylesbury overground rail service.

Dangerous junction at Tavistock Place and Marchmont Street

Caroline recently visited the junction of Tavistock Place and Marchmont Street with local campaigner Lee Baker and Local Residents’ Association Chair Ricci de Freitas, to look at how dangerous the road layout had become.

The junction had been redesigned by Transport for London, resulting in a very strange cycle lane, with arrows going in all directions at one point, and pedestrian crossings not where people actually cross the road.

If you can use Oyster today, why not every day?

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, commenting on the temporary extension of Oyster Pay as You Go to most train services across London, said:

“If Oyster Pay As You Go can cover most train services in London for 48 hours, why not everyday? Londoners have today been given a glimpse of what should already be a reality each and every day of the year.

A devastating report for Gordon Brown - the architect of PPP

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, commenting on today’s National Audit Office report into the failure of Metronet, said:

“This is simply a devastating report for the architect of the Public Private Partnership contract – Gordon Brown.

“It is unforgivable that as much as £410 million of taxpayer’s money has been wasted. The PPP deal that was forced on Londoners by Gordon Brown has been totally exposed as a bad deal for both taxpayers and for passengers.

Caroline takes the One Hour Bus Ticket campaign to Islington and Camden



Caroline took the London Liberal Democrats' campaign for a one-hour bus ticket to Islington last week. She joined Lib Dem Parliamentary campaigner Bridget Fox to talk to local residents about the campaign, and to ask them to sign a petition to the Mayor.

Caroline also joined Sarah Ludford MEP and Lib Dem campaigners from Holborn & St Pancras, meeting voters in Camden and collecting signatures for the petition.

Mayor's legacy of broken promises on Oyster

In his first year of office Boris Johnson has broken numerous promises he made to Londoners to improve rail services and has overseen huge delays in extending Oyster to overground train services, says Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Transport Spokesperson.

Commenting further, Caroline said:
"A year ago Boris Johnson promised to champion the cause of rail passengers by negotiating with Train Operating Companies (TOCs) and delivering Oyster to all overground stations within a year.

Lib Dem campaigners welcome work on accident blackspot

Finally, work has begun to improve the junction between Pentonville Road and Penton Rise, a notorious accident blackspot. This work begins eight months after Lib Dem Councillor George Allan and Lib Dem Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon handed a petition to the Major of London last year calling for vital improvements to the roads around the King's Cross area, including Penton Rise.

Originally, work was due to begin in January 2009, but was delayed by TfL three times, causing growing frustration and growing Lib Dem pressure on the London Mayor to act. Since the last deadline set by TfL for April 2009 there have been a further three accidents. Lib Dem Parliamentary spokesperson Bridget Fox responded to these collisions stating: 'Boris talks a lot about safety, but what we need at Penton Rise is action!'

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