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I am sure that the regular readers of Taxi Leaks have noticed that I have supplied posts to this platform, but I have never explained why.
I guess I had to, go to that place, to get to this one
Now some of you, might still be in that place
If you're trying to get out, just follow me
I'll get you there......................
After the police slapped a section 14 on the Demo at the Bank, organisers decided to throw a curve ball in retaliation to the 30 minute restriction and changed the venue for day 3 to Parliament Square.
The Met Police had already put into operation restriction around the Bank Junction and were left red faced as no one turned up. At first they thought they had beaten the protesters but it soon became clear, the boot was on the other foot.
Westminster was gridlocked for best part of an hour till the traffic police turned up. They then made a catastrophic mistake in funnelling the Taxis over Westminster Bridge which unbeknown to them added the procession of taxes to their preordained second target... the Waterloo IMAX round about.
Waterloo bridge soon became gridlocked along with Westminster. York Road was proper engines off and north of the river the Aldwych tailed back into the City's square mile.
Again traffic cops turned up and tried to disperse the protesters by waving them back across Waterloo bridge.
The convoy then moved on to the third venue, again hitting the Rotunda at London Wall before the signal was given to disperse for the day.
Then came the bully boy tactics. As they had been given the run around, some Met officers were telling drivers "you are being filmed, and if you are filmed in multiple locations tomorrow, TfL will prosecute you".
This is a ridiculous statement as this is exactly what Taxi drivers do....they ply their trade in multiple locations every day... this scaremongering doesn't hold water, and (so I'm told) today, the fight goes on.
On the City Police Website last night, they said:
"Conditions for the Taxi demos are in place to limit the disruption across London and to ensure emergency vehicles can access all routes."
So far, they haven't issued a new section 14 limiting the time of assembly.
The ITA Twitter account have broken their silence tonight to confirm Demo will take place at Bank Junction at 3pm on the dot.
Tanni Grey Thompsom says sh will raise this issue on behalf of disabled passengers.
Editorial Comment :
It is now widely believed that the proposed ban traffic at the Bank Junction has a hidden agenda and is not to make the junction safer.
Safety has nothing to do with the restrictions, if that were the case, then Buses and Cyclist would have been banned.
It's alleged this experiment is being forced on London to facilitate the movement of construction trucks and heavy plant, while work takes place as two massive skyscrapers are being erected.
It's also alleged, heavy plant and lorries are to be issued permits, enabling them to use the Junction while other traffic apart from buses and bikes will be excluded.
So far, the demos have been an overwhelming success. Taxi Leaks has been informed that further action is being planned to continue in to the next couple of weeks.
WHATS IT ALL ABOUT ? WHY HAVE THE ITA CALLED FOR A DEMO ?
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
It gets worse!.... By Dave Davies.
The Planning and Transport Committee have given permission for two massive sky scrapers, just a couple of hundred metres away from Bank Junction.
Chair of the committee, Chris Haywood, claims Taxis are to be banned from Bank Junction for safety reasons???
Giving Planning consent for these two new skyscrapers in the city, will create hundreds of construction vehicle movements for HGVs -the very vehicles, allegedly responsible for killing the most cyclists and pedestrians that he is claiming to protect.
There will also be 22k employees working in the two Skyscrapers plus additional visitors just 200m from Bank Junction.
Surely the City of London should be looking to create a safer Transport environment, not make it worse?
How is that Chris Hayward -who states he is not paid for the role as Chair of the Planning and Transport Committee but does it for ‘honour- is responsible for Planning decisions for hundreds of millions of pounds?
Surely there is something not quite right here when the decisions appear to be this unreasonable?
Yesterday's demo, a massive success even in the event of a section 14 limiting the "static protest" to just 30 minutes, drivers moved on to two other venues and held out for over 3 hours.
A rolling protest by black cab drivers brought large parts of the City of London to a standstill during rush hour.
The busy Old Street junction was grindlocked until it reopened shortly after 5pm, when there were reportedly delays of up to an hour, with motorists advised to avoid the area if possible.
The protest then moved on to London Wall, where delays of up to 40 minutes were reported, before it came to an end.
Black cabs descended on Bank junction at 3pm as part of a five-day protest, with further protests planned for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
They are protesting against proposals being considered by the Corporation of the City of London to restrict vehicles, including licensed taxis, being granted access to the junction.
Only cyclists and buses will be able to use the roads once the 18-month scheme starts in April.
Superintendant Helen Isaac of the City of London Police said: “Whilst we have not had any direct contact from the organisers, we are aware of plans posted on social media for a demonstration in Bank junction in January and plans are in place to facilitate such an event.
"We are keen to work with the organisers and would encourage them to get in touch with us.
“A robust policing plan is in place to ensure that timescales are adhered to and disruption is kept to a minimum
Source : The Evening Standard.