Harrow-on-the-Hill station is one of the busiest in London, and it is right next to a major bus hub. It is totally unacceptable that it still has no step free access. Liberal Democrats both at City Hall and in Harrow have been campaigning on this issue, but Boris Johnson and Transport for London refuse to make the right decision.
I will continue to fight for this change if elected to City Hall, and I know colleagues on the Liberal Democrat London wide list will do the same.
Caroline Pidgeon and her team in City Hall have been determined to improve transport for Londoners. We want to make fares fairer, and more affordable for Londoners.
One of our key proposals is the one hour bus ticket – which would mean that bus users could hop on and off buses having only paid once, as is done on the tube. I was delighted to be joined by Bridget Fox, 3rd on the Lib Dem London-wide list, and Harrow activists, to tell commuters about this idea at Harrow-on-the-Hill station.
Not only is this policy pure common sense, it would directly benefit the poorest residents in Brent and Harrow, who increasingly find themselves priced out of using the tube. Other elements of the fully costed fairer fares package include an early-bird fare for those that need to start their commute before 7.30am, create a part time travel card for part time workers, recreate a one day Outer London
Travelcard, and protect the 24 hour Freedom Pass.
For more information on these and all our other policies please visit brianpaddick.com/manifesto.
The Metropolitan Police Authority are threatening to close Wealdstone Police station, and Boris Johnson is doing nothing to save it. I will fight for this police station in the heart of Harrow.
Boris and Ken are tired old men, but liberals look like London.
Picture via the Evening Standard
I joined with Brian Paddick, Carolin Pigeon, and colleagues from across London yesterday to launch the London Lib Dems campaign for a one hour bus ticket. While you can travel on otehr transport without have to tap-in various times, this is not possible on buses. The one hour bus ticket means you would only pay once for every bus journey in an hour.
This is a fantastic, innovative, Lib Dem idea that will give real help to some of the poorest Londoners, as Brian Paddick explained to the Evening Standard.
Various activists joined Brain and Caroline travelling across London on bus, to explain the idea to Londoners. Unsurprisingly, it got a very good reception!
The one hour bus ticket is an idea that would make travel cheaper for residenrts in Brent and Harrow, and one I hope they will support on May 3rd by electing Liberal Democrats to City Hall.
Yesterday, Alison Hopkins secured a fantastic by-election victory, holding onto the seat of Dollis Hill. The election had been called after the sad death of Alec Castle, who had been a tireless campaigner for the area for many years. I am sure Alison will now proudly continue in that vein.
The victory is a significant one for the London Liberal Democrats, showing our ideas and our campaigning can generate real success, and beat Labour in London. The election was in Ken Livingstone’s backyard (literally, he lives in the ward next door,) but he was nowhere to be seen yesterday. This is in marked contrast to local Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather, who had was a continual presence on the campaign trail, along with other senior London Lib Dems.
The full results were:
Alison Hopkins (LD) 1,205 votes
Labour 1,168 votes
Conservatives 140 votes
Green 79 votes
Many thanks to all those who came to help out!
I have spent a lot of time recently out and about in both Brent and Harrow speaking to residents there, and delivering them information about how the Lib Dems are fighting to improve London. Unsurprisingly, I am not the only one, as this video shows: