Commenting on the introduction of a one hour "Hopper" bus ticket starting from Monday 12th September, Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member said:
"I have been campaigning for a One Hour Bus Ticket for the best part of a decade in London so very much welcome its final introduction from next week. Imitation sometimes is the greatest form of flattery.
The Conservative led Council consultation on increasing Home care charges to vulnerable residents will be coming to an end on 9September. The results are due to be discussed at a meeting of the Adults and Children’s Committee held at Guildhall on 29 September at 7.30 pm.
As the cash balance on dormant Oyster cards hit £223m, Caroline Pidgeon has called for TfL to do more to return it to passengers:
"It obviously suits TfL’s cash flow situation to be sitting on a huge mountain of unclaimed money from dormant Oyster cards but we should never forget that people are always entitled to claim back their own money.
Caroline Pidgeon has responded to the Mayor of London's consultation on proposals to improve air quality in London.
While welcoming some of the Mayor’s proposals her submission urges the Mayor to move more quickly in introducing a new Emissions Surcharge (the so-called T-charge). Her submission also stresses the need for far higher emissions standards than those currently proposed for the T-charge. Other recommendations made by Caroline include urging TfL to directly procure a fleet of zero emission capable taxis and then leasing or selling them to taxis and drivers.
Cllr Hilary Gander's thoughts on Kingston Council's summertime Go Cycle consultations.
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Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the announcement today that conductors will be removed from the six routes (9, 10, 11, 24, 38 and 390) that currently operate on new Routemaster buses, starting from this September said:
“The whole point of the new Routemaster buses was that you could jump on and off them. This was their raison d'être.
“The reality is that the new Routemaster buses were horrendously expensive to purchase and have been plagued with faults, including overheating in the Summer months and serious problems with their batteries.
With Kingston Conservatives, public consultations are like buses – you wait ages to be asked your opinion, then twelve fourteen come along at once, just as many residents are about to go on holiday!
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Tim Farron and Caroline Pidgeon visited the Polish centre in Hammersmith to show solidarity with the Polish community and to make clear that xenophobic attacks it suffered recently will not be tolerated.
The attack on the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith was just one of numerous racist and xenophobic incidents reported in the week since the Brexit vote. The Liberal Democrat leader and London Assembly member were given a tour and met numerous people from the London Polish community, as well as staff from the Polish embassy.
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Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on Sadiq Khan’s description of the previous Mayor’s ‘Concordant’ scheme to supposedly stop developers advertising London homes abroad first for overseas buyers as ‘toothless’ said:
“Sadiq Khan is absolutely right to criticise the weak measures adopted by the previous Mayor.
“Boris Johnson was twice asked by the London Assembly to investigate the impact that overseas investment was having on the price, affordability and supply of homes for Londoners. He arrogantly ignored the London Assembly and refused to undertake this much needed research into London’s housing market.
Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s announcement today over his future plans for transport fares said:
“Sadiq Khan’s manifesto specifically said that Londoners won’t pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today. There were no ifs, or buts, in that statement.”
“The reality is that many Londoners will see their travelcards rise over the next few years. What we have found out today feels like a very early broken promise from London’s new Mayor.”
“Honesty over fares and investment in London’s transport has never been more important.”