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Working for Londoners through the COVID crisis

The last three months have been like no other period any of us can remember.

Caroline has continued to work hard as a London Assembly Member during this time. Here is an overview of some of the issues she has been raising since March.

Scrutinising the TfL bailout

Since the bailout for Transport for London was agreed, so many questions remain unanswered about its implications.

Here are just some of the questions that Caroline has been pursuing:

  • How are restrictions to the Freedom Pass by TfL even possible when it is both administered and funded by London Councils?
  • How will free travel for school children operate if, as proposed by Government, schools start to return after half term?

Bus safety measures are welcome, but more needs to be done

Caroline talked to ITV News's Simon Harris about the importance of keeping our bus drivers and passengers safe during the coronavirus crisis.

Welcome further measures are being introduced to ensure that our brave and dedicated bus drivers are as safe as possible whilst carrying out their essential roles, but there is still more that can and must be done.

Making accessible and inclusive London transport a reality

Launching the London Assembly Transport Committee's report into accessible and inclusive transport, Caroline Pidgeon said:

"Everyone should be able to access public transport and London’s streets easily, comfortably and confidently. Yet we know there are many barriers, visible and invisible, that exclude disabled people, older people and parents with children.

"This report sets out how we can start to tear down those barriers.

Garden Bridge - defending the indefensible

Caroline Pidgeon criticised the Department of Transport for refusing to release a report into the abandoned £48m Garden Bridge project, claiming the need to protect a management trust that no longer exists!

Caroline said:

"There was repeated secrecy around the project from day one.

“This is truly incredible. After so many years of poor decisionmaking, it seems that instead of wanting to learn lessons from this doomed project, the Department for Transport just want to defend the indefensible.”

The rising cost of Silvertown Tunnel is a further argument for its cancellation

As the Silvertown road tunnel project was revealed to have increased in cost by £200m compared to what Transport for London claimed in November, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

“Silvertown road tunnel is already turning out to be a hugely expensive construction project and I expect its financial cost will escalate even further.

Silvertown Tunnel contracts will now be made public - but the Mayor must do so before the election

Following pressure from Caroline Pidgeon in the London Assembly, the Mayor has now committed to make public the details of the contracts to build the £1bn Silvertown Tunnel.

Caroline commented:

"It is simply incredible that the £1bn project is going ahead, when we should be spending much more on cycling and pedestrian transport infrastructure.

"The Mayor needs to release the contracts for the Silvertown Tunnel, as promised, before the London elections."


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