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A Heathrow Southern Rail link would benefit travellers and reduce road traffic

Caroline Pidgeon has welcomed the Mayor's support for a rail link connecting Heathrow to south west London and Surrey, after she raised the matter in a written question in the London Assembly.

Caroline said:

"It's good to see this support from the Mayor in response to my question on a Heathrow Southern Rail Link.

A new rail link would benefit residents across southwest London and Surrey, and reduce road traffic."

Mayor's bus announcement is pre-election smoke and mirrors

Responding to Sadiq Khan's announcement of electric buses in Sutton, City Hall Liberal Democrats have accused the Mayor of using smoke and mirrors tactics ahead of next year’s London elections and of trying to hide the extent of cuts to bus services across London under his administration.

A previous Freedom of Information request by the Lib Dems showed that since Sadiq Khan came to power in 2016, his administration has presided over 19.3 million kilometres of cuts to bus routes in the capital.

Commenting, Caroline Pidgeon said:

More needs to be done to promote electric car clubs

Caroline Pidgeon has raised concerns with the Mayor over the lack of availability of shared electric cars, which has contributed to London's poor rating for "clean transport" compared to many other European cities.

Caroline said:

The Mayor must do more to promote the use of electric car clubs in order to improve London's zero-emission mobility and to prevent further car club operators from leaving the market.

ULEZ scrappage scheme expansion is long overdue

Responding to the expansion of the ULEZ scrappage scheme, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and Transport Spokesperson Caroline Pidgeon AM said:

"It's about time the Mayor listened to the Liberal Democrat calls for an expanded scrappage scheme.

"Whilst we welcome the Labour Mayor at last listening, he could have saved Londoners a lot of stress and worry in the cost-of-living crisis if he had accepted our budget amendments in January and February.

Pushing for electric taxi hubs

In the London Assembly, Caroline pushed the Mayor to do more to help the taxi trade to set up Electric Vehicle taxi hubs at stations and rest/refreshment ranks – an issue that Caroline had previously raised a year ago, supporting London Cab Drivers Club. The Mayor agreed to help break through the bureaucracy standing in the way of this.

New X34 bus needs to be frequent and reliable as an alternative to cars

Caroline Pidgeon has responded to Transport for London's consultation on the new X34 bus route, which will run between North Finchley and Walthamstow as part of the Superloop.

Caroline stressed the need for a frequent enough service to create an attractive alternative to driving, as well as dedicated bus lanes to avoid buses getting stuck in traffic.

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