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Caroline Pidgeon challenges Mayor over Jubilee line disruption

Caroline Pidgeon has tabled a question to Boris Johnson to ask why, during the engineering work disrupting the Jubilee line this summer, replacement buses from Canada Water are being directed to Bank rather than along the line's normal route to Waterloo.

"It seems extraordinary that TfL decide on where to route rail replacement buses without, it would appear, consulting the local community," says Caroline.

TfL paints double red lines on road by mistake

The Hounslow Chronicle covers the story of the double red lines painted by mistake on Lower Mortlake Road in Richmond, and the efforts of Susan Kramer MP and Caroline Pidgeon AM in having them removed.

Caroline tabled a question on the issue to Boris Johnson, who admitted: "An error was made, resulting in TfL’s contractors installing double red lines in advance of a decision being made on the necessary traffic orders. ... Any red lines introduced prematurely and without a valid traffic order will not be enforced."

Campaigning for safe crossings in Lewisham

Caroline Pidgeon, Lib Dem chair of the London Assembly's Transport Committee, has visited the Tiger's Head junction between Bromley Road and Whitefoot Lane in Lewisham. In the video above, Caroline speaks about her campaign to have the Mayor and Transport for London act on junctions like this which put pedestrians in danger.

Caroline has also continued her support for a pedestrian crossing at the dangerous junction of Courthill Road and Lewisham High Street.

Caroline speaks to West London Line user group

Caroline Pidgeon AM, the Liberal Democrat Chair of the Transport Committee at City Hall, was one of the speakers at the West London Line Group’s recent event at West Brompton.

Caroline joined members of the rail user group including its Chair Mark Balaam for a tour of the station and a discussion about many of the ongoing issues the group are campaigning for.

“It was great to hear the history of this important railway line. It is very important that as part of the Sussex Rail Utilisation Strategy, this line is seen as a good way to help passengers to travel across the capital without having to go into the centre of London. It has huge potential and I hope the Government and Mayor of London consider many of the good ideas the West London Line Group are proposing” commented Caroline Pidgeon.

You can read more about the group at http://www.westlondonlinegroup.org.uk/index.htm.

Get Central Road Moving!

Caroline joined Lib Dem Councillors and campaigners and Nonsuch By-Election candidate Gerry Jerome at Worcester Park on Saturday 20th June to campaign to get Central Road moving!

Traffic engineers believe that changing the phasing of the traffic lights will see great improvements. However, despite much disturbance whilst the road was dug up and new cabling was installed, Transport for London have not made the necessary changes.

Make Harrow on the Hill station accessible

Caroline Pidgeon AM recently visited Harrow on the Hill to put her support behind the campaign by Harrow Observer to have the long-awaited lifts installed at the station. Caroline was joined by local Lib Dem Councillors Chris Noyce and Paul Scott.

Step-free access is vital at this station which sees around 10 million people use it every year. It is an important interchange between two branches of the Metropolitan line and the London Marylebone to Aylesbury overground rail service.

Dangerous junction at Tavistock Place and Marchmont Street

Caroline recently visited the junction of Tavistock Place and Marchmont Street with local campaigner Lee Baker and Local Residents’ Association Chair Ricci de Freitas, to look at how dangerous the road layout had become.

The junction had been redesigned by Transport for London, resulting in a very strange cycle lane, with arrows going in all directions at one point, and pedestrian crossings not where people actually cross the road.

If you can use Oyster today, why not every day?

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, commenting on the temporary extension of Oyster Pay as You Go to most train services across London, said:

“If Oyster Pay As You Go can cover most train services in London for 48 hours, why not everyday? Londoners have today been given a glimpse of what should already be a reality each and every day of the year.

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