Access improvements to the Tube still have a long way to go – Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on today’s announcement by the Mayor of London confirming £200 million investment in step-free access on the London Underground over the next five years and with work on Harrow on the Hill and Newbury Park stations being brought forward to 2017 said:

“Improvements to access on the underground is very welcome.  It is encouraging that whereas Boris Johnson cancelled step-free schemes at the beginning of his office the current Mayor is bringing them forward.

“However, we should be under no illusion that this announcement alone will deliver a fully accessible London Underground.

“In addition to too few stations being step-free there are massive issues due to a myriad of problems such as platforms not being level with trains, poor signage, staff being difficult to identify and lifts suddenly being out of operation due to a lack of trained staff.”

“The Mayor needs to ensure these issues start to be fully addressed within a year, not five years.”


Record levels of investment must include a commitment to extend the cycle hire scheme– Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on today’s announcement that the Mayor has committed to a record £154 million per year investment in cycling over the next five years said.

“This investment, if is wisely and fully spent, is very welcome.  However TfL has a record of underspending its cycling budget so bold promises need to be seen in this context.

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Sarah Olney's Richmond Park victory speech

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Speaking at the count following her shock victory in the Richmond Park by-election, newly elected MP Sarah Olney said: 

"Let me start by thanking the other candidates for a hard-fought campaign – and to Zac Goldsmith in particular, I wish you well and assure you that I will continue your fight against the expansion of Heathrow.

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Mayor’s housing plans are a damp squib compared to what he promised Londoners – Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon representing LondonersCaroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s plans for housing announced today said:

“Today’s announcement is quite frankly a damp squib compared to what Sadiq Khan promised Londoners before the election.

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High Court ruling strengthens the case against a third Heathrow runway – Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on today’s High Court ruling that the Government’s plan to tackle the UK’s air pollution is illegal - the second time in 18 months that the Government have lost in court on this issue said:

“The Government is clearly failing to cut illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide in the ‘shortest possible time’.

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Uber employment case is good for drivers and ultimately good for the public – Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the ruling by a London employment tribunal that drivers for the ride-hailing app Uber should  be classed as workers rather than self-employed said:

“I welcome this ruling and congratulate the drivers and GMB for taking this important case.

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Tom Brake: Heathrow runway will inflict crippling noise and congestion on a million Londoners

Speaking in today's Commons debate on Heathrow expansion, Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake said:

“"I hope the government will recognise widespread hostility to Heathrow expansion and say 'no' to a third runway."
 
"Those are not my words, but those of our current Prime Minister back in December 2008."
 

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Most London councils failing to tackle rogue landlords - Caroline Pidgeon

Government funding cuts to local councils have resulted in a threadbare patchwork of enforcement against London's rogue landlords, according to data obtained by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

Based on freedom of information requests that were submitted to all 32 London Boroughs information has been obtained showing the record of action against rogue landlords being taken across London. All London Boroughs responded to the requests for information, although some were unable to reply fully to the requests.

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Lib Dems fight for stronger rights for London's renters

Ttom_and_olly.jpgom Brake MP will join Generation Rent and Liberal Democrat Peer Olly Grender to protest for stronger rights for renters.

The protest will be taking place on Thursday 13th October outside College Green followed by the presentation of the petition at the Department for Communities and Local Government.  It will also be attended by Shelter and The Debrief, who will be presenting their Make Renting Fair petition with over 270,000 signatures to Housing Minister Gavin Barwell. The purpose of the protest is to highlight the difficulty that many renters face with unfair charges, rent and agency fees.

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Pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf is London’s most needed river crossing – Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor’s announcement today about proposed East London river crossings said:

“Having long supported and campaigned for the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf pedestrian and cycle bridge I am delighted that the Mayor is now committed to accelerating this project.

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