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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.”

Happy 10th birthday London Overground

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, sent her congratulations to the London Overground on its 10th birthday.

In the last 10 years, over one billion customer journeys have been made on London Overground and it has proven to be one of the most reliable train operators in the country.

Caroline said:

“The London Overground is one of London’s success stories. Passengers numbers have soared from 33 million in 2008/09 to more than 189 million in 2016/17.

Caroline Pidgeon welcomes start of consultation on Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf crossing

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, has welcomed the news that a consultation is now underway on a dedicated pedestrian and cycling route across the Thames linking Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf.

Caroline Pidgeon has a long record of backing a pedestrian and cycling bridge and during the 2016 mayoral elections, Sadiq Khan even admitted at the London Cycling Campaign hustings that he had stolen the idea from Caroline.

Caroline Pidgeon said:

The case for Crossrail 2 is overwhelming

Writing for Dave Hill's new OnLondon site, Caroline Pidgeon explains the overwhelmingly strong case for investing in Crossrail 2:

The case for Crossrail 2 is overwhelming. It would free up space for around 15 more trains in the morning peak from Hampshire and Surrey, providing 11,800 extra seats into Waterloo.

More than a million public transport journeys every day would be significantly better because of it. An additional 200,000 new homes and 200,000 new jobs would be supported.


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