Monday, June 05, 2017

London Bridge Closures. Bank Junction Exclusion And ITA Call Off Friday's Demo... By Jim Thomas.


                  Common sense, surely?

Beyond the pale it would seem for City of London to answer!

Update from TfL
Following the incident on London Bridge on Saturday 3 June, London Bridge and nearby roads are expected to remain closed to traffic during the morning peak on Monday 5 June. 

This is expected to lead to significant congestion in the area and on all central London river crossings. 

Please avoid driving into and around the London Bridge area if possible, particularly in the busiest period from 0700-1000, and allow more time for your journey. 

For real-time updates on road closures in the area, visit tfl.gov.uk/traffic/status


Yours sincerely,

Helen Chapman
General Manager, London Taxi & Private Hire



Editorial Comment :

With the closure of London Bridge today, and as its expected to affect all roads in the surrounding area, you would think that @TfL, @CityofLondon, @CityPolice @CityLordMayor and @Squarehighways would see sense and suspend the exception of the Bank Junction exemption, untill traffic flow returns to normal. 

Unfortunately, getting all these agencies to see common sense is like asking them to complete Fermat's Last Theorem. 


In the absence of a formal request from our wonderful trade representatives at the United Trade Group, Taxi Leaks has made a request on behalf of the trade, for the scheme at Bank Junction to be suspended until the road closures are lifted and traffic flow reverts back to its normal mash up.

We made the request to TfL, City of London, Lord Mayor of London, City Police and Square Highways. 

The only reply we've had so far is from TfL who have -as normal- passed the buck over to City of London and Square Higways. 


News Extra: 

Other news from yesterday, the Independent Taxi Alliance (ITA) have decided to call off Friday, 9th of June demo. 

They made this statement on their Twitter account:
 
"We cannot be part of any hindrance or strain on the @metpoliceuk or security forces during this time of heightened national security levels".