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Meeting Highgate community groups

Caroline had a productive meeting with the Highgate Society and other local community groups, along with the Mayor's cycling commissioner Will Norman, to discuss cycling routes and liveable neighbourhoods in Highgate and Archway.

No Overground on Boxing Day is a big disappointment

The lack of an Overground service for Boxing Day to match the Tube, despite hints earlier in the year, is a real disappointment for those who depend on the Overground lines, said Caroline Pidgeon as she questioned the Mayor on the topic.

Caroline told MayorWatch:

“Sadiq Khan likes to boast about the start of the London Overground night service but he cannot hide away from the fact Londoners have long been promised a Boxing Day service on the London Overground.

Croydon tram crash report must now be acted on

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch into the overturning of a tram at Sandilands junction on the 9th November 2016 said:

“Sadly the clock can never be turned back, but one thing that must now happen is that each and every recommendation from this investigation report is implemented as quickly as possible.

Expanding ULEZ is welcome but Mayor is still not using all his powers to tackle air pollution

Commenting on the announcement that the Mayor is proposing to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone to the whole of London for bus, coaches and lorries from October 2020, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“The Mayor is right to move closer to a comprehensive and expanded Ultra-Low Emission Zone.

“However, while these proposals are right we should not for one moment pretend that the Mayor is doing everything in his powers to tackle London’s toxic air. For the Mayor to peddle this claim is misleading in the extreme.

Londoners are entitled to transparency and value for money from TfL

Caroline Pidgeon has criticised Transport for London's record of spending nearly £2m over 7 years on a consultancy contract to provide "senior executive facilitation, support and coaching", without looking for competitive bids.

“Renewing this contract without competitive bidding for so many years raises some fundamental questions about TfL’s transparency, let alone its commitment to value for money.

“Contracts such as this should be open for examination and regularly put out to tender.”

You can read the full story at MayorWatch.

Unstaffed Tube stations break the pledge TfL made to the travelling public

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on BBC London Television’s report on a number of London Underground stations regularly operating unstaffed, said:

“At the time when Tube ticket offices were set to close Londoners were given an absolute guarantee that stations would continue to be staffed at all times.

The Mayor needs to do some basic maths on electric car charging points

Caroline Pidgeon challenged the Mayor during Question Time on his plans to roll out a network of charging points for electric vehicles - and rated his plan for 300 charging points by 2020 as far too timid.

"If we expect companies with large fleets of cars and vans to go electric, they need the absolute certainty that there will always be easy access to rapid charging points in every part of London.

"The mayor needs to do some basic maths. Even when used back to back, a rapid charging point can only charge 48 vehicles every 24 hours.

Caroline Pidgeon welcomes the One Hour Bus Ticket

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the news that an unlimited number of trips within an hour will be allowed on a Hopper bus ticket starting from next year, said:

“For a decade I have campaigned for a 1-hour bus ticket so the introduction at long last of this policy is incredibly welcome.

“People who need to switch buses simply to get from one place to another should not be penalised. The 1-hour bus ticket is just what London needs.”

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