Caroline's Record of Action

 

During her 8 years on the London Assembly, Caroline Pidgeon has repeatedly stood up for London and Londoners.

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    Caroline has campaigned constantly to reward commuters and help people faced with rising transport fares. It was Caroline who persuaded the Mayor to introduce half price tickets for job seekers.

  • The Mayor was finally forced by Caroline to introduce lower daily caps on Oyster Pay as You Go, leading to a far better deal for people who work part time, flexible hours each week or regularly work from home.

  • Caroline exposed how thousands of Oyster card users were being wrongly overcharged. After repeated campaigning by Caroline, TfL finally accepted the need for refunds, which have totalled over £8.5 million since 2013.

  • Caroline at City Hall helped secure funding for Crossrail and saved other crucial services like Thameslink from being cancelled, meaning improved journeys to work for millions of Londoners in the future.

  • Caroline has repeatedly identified areas of wasteful spending which would be better used for frontline services. For example Caroline identified tube stations where over £64 million was spent on step free access schemes, but then cancelled before their completion.

  • Caroline has been at the forefront of criticising the way contracts are awarded by TfL. For example Caroline presented extensive evidence highlighting shortcomings in the award of the design contract for the vanity project of the Garden Bridge. The then Commissioner for TfL was forced to accept a full audit of the procurement process.

  • Caroline has campaigned to increase the number, size and range of affordable housing in the capital. Caroline has championed innovative ways of financing new homes and held the Mayor to his commitments.

  • Caroline has led the way in championing improvements to accessible transport. Caroline alongside Guide Dogs for the Blind successfully persuaded TfL to reverse its antiquated policy of not allowing guide dogs on moving escalators. She also exposed the frequency of lifts not working due to lack of trained staff. 

  • Caroline has repeatedly called for better skills training and developing apprenticeships, championing innovative schemes. She promoted the use of apprenticeship schemes on the London 2012 Olympics site and has called for City Hall to be a one stop shop for apprentices in London. 

  • Caroline has set the agenda on air quality, leading the fight for a central clean air zone, the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street and developed costed plans for a big switch to electric vehicles.

  • Caroline has successfully campaigned to make cycling a mainstream part of the London transport network. Caroline helped ensure that cyclists at non-peak hours can take bikes onto the Docklands Light Railway and has helped ensure vital safety improvements at numerous junctions across London. IMG_3099.JPG