How Caroline Pidgeon would change London for the better

Caroline Pidgeon is spending the last day of campaigning for the Mayoral Election out in Putney with Nick Clegg

LBC has a list of ten ways London would change if she were Mayor.

1) £20 from your council tax will be used to build new houses
The Olympic precept will be maintained, but the money turned to building 50,000 council homes to rent and 150,000 for sale.

2) Tube fares before 7.30am will be half-price
The Lib Dems promise to “introduce half price fares for Tube, Overground rail and DLR travellers before 7.30am – to reduce the cost of travel for thousands of hard-working Londoners and ease peak congestion.”

3) All London’s buses and taxis will become fully electric
A Lib Dem plan is to switch London’s buses and taxis to be fully electric as well as helping to switch commercial vans too.

4) Empty houses and spaces above shops will be turned into housing
Caroline Pidgeon wants to “bring empty homes in London back into use as affordable housing”.

5) Solar panels will be put on 200,000 rooftops
London has a lot of rooftops and the Lib Dems want to create electricity with them. They are hoping to increase the solar power in London ten-fold.

6) Night buses will stop on request where you want them to
Ms Pidgeon plans to trial a scheme to allow night buses to stop on request closer to passengers’ final destinations, rather than at fixed bus stops, to protect passenger safety.

7) The Congestion Charge will get bigger and more expensive
“The base charge will be increased to £14 with an additional charge of £6 for entering the zone in peak times”, while they diesels will have to pay £2.50 more. They also want to create a Congestion Charge Zone around Heathrow Airport.

8) There will be free wifi on buses and at bus stops
We’ve got wifi on the tube. Now we’ll get it on buses and at bus stops.

9) Large parts of Central London will be pedestrian only
The Lib Dems are planning to “”implement a bold plan” to allow pedestrianisation of parts of central London, from Trafalgar Square up to Oxford Street.

10) Make planes out of London bigger
Instead of building a new runway, they plan to use larger aircraft instead to increase the capacity.

How they managed to forget her ambitious plans for childcare, I have no idea. Or her plans for 3000 more Police. You can find out details of all her plans in her manifesto here.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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One Comment

  • Stevan Rose 5th May '16 - 10:58pm

    The reason my elderly mother gave her first preference to Goldsmith was that she did not believe the headline housing policy – firstly where is the space to build that many, secondly services and infrastructure are already overloaded and this would tip many areas into unbearable. That said, despite usual rabid anti-EU right UKIP leanings that make Nige look like a model socialist, she did give 2nd preference and her borough and Assembly votes to the Lib Dems having never voted anything but Tory / UKIP in 60 years. It’s not clear exactly why because nothing on that list actually appeals to or benefits her. More a rejection of the others.

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