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The whole rail industry needs to learn from timetable chaos

Caroline talked to London Live about the lessons the whole rail industry needs to learn from the timetable disruption caused by theThameslink changes in May.

Caroline exposes the Mayor's broken promise on TfL tree planting

Sadiq Khan’s past promise that he will deliver a substantial tree planting programme for the whole of London is being broken, with his answers to Caroline Pidgeon's questions revealing that Transport for London (TfL) no longer even has a dedicated budget for tree planting along its extensive road network.

The new policy of TfL is in complete contrast to previous years, when hundreds of trees each year were replaced and new trees planted along TfL’s extensive road network.

Westminster Council is tinkering at the edges on Oxford Street

Caroline Pidgeon has criticised Westminster Council's plans to go it alone with a watered-down plan for Oxford Street, rather than fully pedestrianising it.

Caroline said:

“For a long time Westminster City Council had a constructive working relationship with TfL. Suddenly they think that they alone can transform Oxford Street.

Remembering the mountain of unused cash on Oyster's fifteenth anniversary

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the 15-year anniversary of Oyster said:

“There is no question that Oyster has been an incredible success. It has made travel more convenient and provided real flexibility for millions of people.

“It is now so established that it is hard to believe how we managed before its creation 15 years ago.

The mayor needs to roll up his sleeves and tackle TfL's excessive payouts

Caroline Pidgeon has challenged Sadiq Khan to take a seat on Transport for London's remuneration committee and take ownership of preventing issues like the £50m spent on severance payments to departing staff last year.

Unlike the previous mayors, he has refused to join the committee.

Caroline said:

“The mayor of London is ultimately in charge of Transport for London yet Sadiq Khan has adopted a strange trick of distancing himself from the organisation when it conveniently suits his political needs.

Mayor is too late on excessive severance payments for senior TfL staff

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the severance payments set out in TfL’s Annual Report, and the decision of the Mayor of London to commission a review into notice periods and severance arrangements for senior staff across the GLA Group, said:

"Passengers will find these huge severance payments galling at a time when Tube reliability has been in decline and many bus services are being cut back.

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