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Redeveloping Stratford station is vital for east London and the whole region

After the London Assembly backed her motion calling on the Mayor to do everything in his power to support the redevelopment of Stratford station, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“The redevelopment of Stratford station is vital for the future growth of east London as well as the region as a whole.

“If the population growth in east London is to also drive economic growth and improved prosperity for local communities, we must ensure the infrastructure is there to support that growth.

Passengers don't need more train timetable changes

Caroline Pidgeon has written to the Office of Rail and Road, opposing plans to weaken the requirement for train companies to provide timetables 12 weeks in advance.

Caroline pointed out that this will give less ability for passengers to plan ahead, deterring them from using the train – as well as giving less access to cheaper advance fares.

Investigating South Wimbledon tube problems

Visiting South Wimbledon to investigate tube problemsCaroline had a useful visit to Wimbledon to meet with local residents and councillors John Braithwaite, Klaar Dresselaers and Paul Kohler and discuss the ongoing problems of tube noise and vibrations around South Wimbledon station. Lots of actions to take forward.

King's Cross junction plans are a missed opportunity for pedestrians and cyclists

Caroline Pidgeon has written to Transport for London in response to their plans for the junction of King's Cross Road and Pentonville Road – currently a dangerous and hostile junction for cyclists and pedestrians.

Caroline welcomed TfL's attention to the junction, but highlighted the shortcomings in the plans, which could have achieved much more to make a safe and pleasant environment.

Edmonton Green train service cuts will be a hammer blow for the community

As Greater Anglia announced that it will stop running all its services through Edmonton Green station, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

“This news will come as a hammer blow for those in Edmonton.

“This station is already one of the busiest on the line and the withdrawal of Greater Anglia services will place increased pressure on other services.

“The Mayor needs to think again and to work with Government to provide vital rail services on this line."

HS2's Euston pause shows a lack of long-term thinking

Responding to the confirmation that HS2 is to pause work on the Euston Tunnel, Caroline said:

“This news only goes to show that the Conservative Government is incapable of learning from the failures of past infrastructure projects.

“Changing your mind half way through a project and pausing individual sections only leads to increased costs in the long-term alongside significant eyesores in local areas.

ULEZ needs to come with a commitment to outer London public transport

Responding to the news that Sadiq Khan’s expansion of ULEZ will face a judicial review, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and Deputy Chair of the Transport Committee Caroline Pidgeon AM said:

“We all agree tackling air pollution is one of the most important issues for Londoners. Poor air quality is literally costing lives.

“However, any expansion of ULEZ should come with investment in public transport to offset the costs for communities in outer London.

More rail freight would be a win-win for London

Writing for the OnLondon website, Caroline Pidgeon advocates for more use of the railways for freight, to reduce the numbers of heavy vehicles on the road.

Caroline says:

With a long-term, ambitious target, freight’s impressive track record of delivering for London and the country and be extended further, in the process – most importantly for Londoners – delivering the clean air and healthy streets we all desire. More rail freight really is a win-win for London.

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