It's Time To Ban Dirty Diesels from London

20160902-TW-Pollution-dirty-diesel.jpgLiberal Democrat mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon has announced plans that would see all small and medium size diesel vehicles, up to and including double-decker buses, banned from the central London congestion charge zone by 2024.

The plan will help bring down the number of people – currently around 10,000 – who die every year from the effects of poor air quality in London. 

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Caroline: This alarming increase in tube delays must be reversed

Tube delays caused by overcrowding have soared in the last two years according to new figures obtained by Caroline Pidgeon.

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Caroline Pidgeon proposes measures to safeguard private renters


caroline_housing_250.jpgCaroline Pidgeon today announced details offering a fairer deal for private renters that will be debated at the party’s conference in York on March 11th.

At the conference Caroline will be proposing measures to safeguard people renting homes in London and England.

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Caroline Pidgeon: We need 'Olympic effort' on housing

To coincide with the Liberal Democrat opposition day debate in Parliament on the ‘State of the nation’s housing market’ Caroline Pidgeon today promised an ‘Olympic effort” when she becomes Mayor of London that would deliver more 50,000 new low rent ‘council’ homes over the next four years, built by a new construction company operating out of City Hall – delivering a scale of homebuilding not seen since the days of the London County Council and the Greater London Council. 

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Caroline Pidgeon guarantees funding for LGBT Pride

Caroline Pidgeon at PrideLiberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London Caroline Pidgeon today announced that she will guarantee to continue funding Pride at the current level of £100,000 for the whole of the next Mayoral term when elected.

Caroline would also use City Hall resources to explore further corporate sponsorship for Pride by ensuring City Hall match-funds pound for pound all additional corporate sponsorship beyond that secured last year up to an additional £50,000. ​

 

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Pidgeon's Plan to tackle gridlock and clean up London's Air

CC-report-TW.jpgSmarter use of the Congestion Charge to tackle gridlock and improve London’s air – Caroline Pidgeon

  • New report recommends a smarter, more flexible system of congestion charging that reflects the level of congestion when a person enters the zone
  • Introduction of an additional levy on the Congestion Charge could be a ‘game changer’ in tackling London’s appalling air pollution
  • Huge potential to encourage a higher take up of the Congestion Charge Autopay system by removing the charge for registering and developing a free, easy to use App
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Caroline Pidgeon Proposes New Heathrow Congestion Charge Zone

CP_Air_Quality_at_City_Hall.jpgAs Mayor, Caroline Pidgeon will pilot a new congestion charge zone around Heathrow airport to cut traffic congestion and improve air quality.

Launching her proposals at City Hall, Caroline Pidgeon Leader of the Liberal Democrat Assembly Members and candidate for London Mayor said,

"The Congestion Charge has played an important role in the increase in the use, capacity and reliability of public transport in London, as well as an increase in cycling, all of which means a reduction in congestion. But today the Congestion Charge only covers a small very busy area of the city. 

"At Heathrow airport there is serious congestion and very poor air quality. So today I am launching a plan to introduce a new congestion charge zone at Heathrow."

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Building affordable homes should be budget priority - Pidgeon

p1655932702-o550140132-6.jpgCaroline Pidgeon is proposing an Alternative Budget at City Hall setting out plans to build 200,000 new homes in London. Caroline is leader of the Liberal Democrats at City Hall and candidate for London Mayor.  

Caroline said, "The shortage of affordable housing in London remains the gravest crisis facing our city, with over 500,000 people currently languishing on housing waiting lists. For decades London has failed to build enough new homes, driving up rents and putting property prices well beyond the reach of most ordinary Londoners.

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Boost parents' childcare options and pay for it with a Tourist Tax

IMG_0595.JPGCaroline Pidgeon plans a radical upgrade to childcare services in London. She will pay for it by introducing a 'tourist tax' on luxury hotel stays typical of major cities. Caroline, Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate and mother of a young child said:

“As any parent in London will know, the cost and availability of childcare in London puts a real strain on families. Compared with the rest of the UK, 10% fewer women return to work after having children.

“Many cities around the world including New York, Paris and Berlin  have a Tourist Tax. My plan for a £2 a night levy on hotels of 3* or above would raise £50m a year by 2018 and mean we could fund more wrap around child care including breakfast clubs and the after school, activities,  s well as more training places to boost the number of childminders working in London.”

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Caroline says "Sack the failing train franchises now"

IMG_4382.jpgPidgeon welcomes TfL takeover of suburban trains

Transport for London confirmed today it wants to take control of the capital's suburban rail network. Commenting on the news Liberal Democrat Mayoral Candidate Caroline Pidgeon said:

“This news, while its is something I have long advocated, will still see some passengers waiting until 2021 -  in the case those using Southern trains -  to see any real changes in either service levels or lower fares.

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