Reviewing the situation with Crossrail, Caroline Pidgeon has expressed her concern that services through Central London may well still be two years away.
Caroline told City AM:
"The stark reality is that, although I hope Crossrail opens in early 2021, there are no clear assurances being provided that it will be the case.
"In fact, it is looking very likely that the central section of the line will not be open until the end of 2021, with full integration of the line being even further away."
Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, has expressed her full support for the extension of the Bakerloo Line.
Setting out her reasons for backing the extension in a detailed submission to TfL’s consultation, Caroline Pidgeon said:
“South East London is at present poorly served by the Underground network. The extension is vital for regeneration in Southwark and Lewisham and for opening up new employment opportunities for thousands of people.
Caroline had a great evening at the Brompton Bicycle Active Travel hustings on 3rd December, putting forward the Liberal Democrat vision for a more active, healthy and environmentally conscious Britain.
Poor air quality and pollution are issues of huge concern to people across London. Caroline met with Chuka Umunna last week on Oxford Street to talk through how we can improve air quality, particularly in some of the busiest areas of central London. To tackle this, we need to take tough and decisive action.
The BBC reports on Transport for London's figures showing that by September 2019, the cash pile of unclaimed balances and deposits on dormant Oyster cards had reached £399m.
Caroline told the BBC:
"TfL never stops bombarding us with advertisements and information campaigns, but highlighting this cash mountain is one issue that they remain very quiet about.
Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the announcement that Crossrail is projected to cost £400 to £650 million more than the funding already committed to the project, and with its expected opening date shifting further to sometime in 2021, said:
“For far too long Crossrail Limited has made key decisions behind closed doors.
In a written question to the Mayor, Caroline again raised the issue of the heavily polluting proposed Silvertown tunnel - and pointed out this was nowhere in the Mayor's 2016 manifesto, whereas the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf bridge was promised and has been scrapped.
Caroline visited London City Airport and the surrounding area with Siobhan Benita, Richard Flowers, Chris Maines and Michael Fox to support the Stop City Airport campaign, against expansion, spearheaded by the excellent Alan Houghton.
At Mayor's Question Time for October, Caroline discussed with the Mayor the issues raised by the London Cycling Campaign regarding junction safety and how he is ensuring junction works are being completed in line with his Vision Zero strategy.