LibLink: Caroline Pidgeon: A Lib Dem mayor would help London’s lowest paid get to work

Lib Dem London Mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon has been writing for Left Foot Forward – a very good move, to connect with many of our former voters.

Her emphasis was on transport and she set out her stall and explained why it would help the lowest paid:

London’s economy is served by many low-paid workers, such as cleaners and security staff, who often get to work long before other people. Half price travel for any journey made before 7.30am would directly benefit many of London’s lowest-paid employees.

The policy also has wider benefits as it will encourage some people to start their journeys at an earlier time. Overcrowding, especially on the Tube, is already a massive issue.

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I have also long advocated a 1-hour bus ticket, and it is great to see other candidates unashamedly stealing the idea.

These policies are realistic and can be funded through simple steps, such as not funding the Garden Bridge and cancelling plans for the disastrous Silvertown road tunnel.

She also talked about more fundamental change at TFL:

Finally, TfL itself needs a shake up.

At a senior level it is far too pale and male. TfL must embrace the widest range of talent if the transport challenges facing the capital are to be met.

You can read the whole article here.

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2 Comments

  • Jenny Barnes 27th Jan '16 - 9:32am

    I was pleased to see her commitment to spend at least the %age of the TfL budget on cycling that matches the %age of transport that cycling delivers. While it would be great to have more, it’s clearly at least fair for there to be a 2% cycling spend for a 2% modal share, rather than the 1% now. If it’s spent sensibly, there’s a good chance that cycling modal share will increase – and so will the cycling spend.

  • Jenny Barnes 27th Jan '16 - 9:33am

    And cycling would also be a good way for low-paid people to get to work!

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