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  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Mar 4, 2016

    Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, speaking after questioning the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) Chairman and Chief Executive at City Hall today said:

    "While no one denies many great successes of the Olympic Park there still remain questions as to whether the best deal has been struck for the taxpayer.

  • Caroline Pidgeon at Tower Bridge with Olympic Rings
    Article: Mar 4, 2016

    Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on this week's decision by TfL to not scrap the Woolwich Ferry, but instead to purchase two new vessels to replace the three existing life-expired craft said:

    "I very much welcome this back down by TfL.

    "In the rush to push ahead with the tolled Silvertown Tunnel and other road crossings TfL were willing to sacrifice the free Woolwich Ferry, which is not only popular locally but incredibly helpful for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2016
    • Number of incidents of tube delays caused by overcrowding has doubled in the last two years
    • Tube passengers lost 280,355 hours in 2015 due to tube overcrowding - in 2013 tube overcrowding resulted in 130,813 lost customer hours
    • Jubilee Line is the worst London Underground Line for tube delays caused by overcrowding
  • Article: Feb 3, 2016

    The Mayor's decision to extend funding for the work of the charities RedThread and Oasis Youth, which support young victims of knife crime, has been warmly welcomed by Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, who personally urged the Mayor to support these organisations last December. The need to support such organisations was a key recommendation in Caroline's report on tackling knife crime in London, which was published last November.

    In a letter sent to Caroline this week the Mayor has stated that MOPAC (Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime) has now secured funding to maintain the vital services provided by RedThread and their youth workers in London's four Major Trauma Centres for the next three years. Another positive development is that MOPAC will also be funding Oasis Youth enabling them to extend their services and place youth workers in Middlesex Hospital until the end of 2016/17.

    These youth workers provide vital support for young victims of knife crime and other violent offences and help to end the tragic cycle of violence we see too often on our streets.

    The Mayor also accepted another long standing recommendation by Caroline Pidgeon to ensure that MOPAC adopt the 'Cardiff Model' across all A&E's in London. The 'Cardiff Model' is an approach to sharing and using anonymised data on violent offences obtained through A&E admissions to inform and develop crime reduction policies by the police and local authorities. In areas where the Cardiff Model has been implemented there has been a 42% reduction in A&E admissions due to violent crime.

    Welcoming the Mayor's announcement Caroline Pidgeon said:

    "This announcement is incredibly welcome.

    "Sensible and much needed policies to help young victims of knife crime are now being given the support they so desperately needed.

    "Finally every A&E department across London will share anonymised data to help reduce violent crime across the capital."

  • Article: Jan 29, 2016
    • 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 diesel 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