On Thursday the 7th of August this week a decision will be made by the local council as to whether the rank outside Richmond station stays or goes.
It's been there 108 years and for the last 9 years local drivers have fought to keep a presence outside the station. They have been moved from pillar to post and back again. Local activists have been to so many meetings to try and make the council see sense, that the public want and expect to walk out of Richmond station and get straight into a cab, not to go on a walk about trying to find a cab circulating the area.
Have been told that the LTDA will fight any proposals from the council to move the rank away from the station, but don't hold your breath.
If Richmond drivers loose the fight to keep the rank outside the station, would this be the beginning of the end for the suburban trade.
Would this be followed by Kingston, Ealing, Harrow, Stratford, Romford, etc.
Will post again on Thursday and let you know the outcome.
With thanks, LondonBoy