Friday, October 21, 2011

Charing Cross Road Marshalled Taxi Rank

A new taxi rank has been appointed in Charing Cross Road.

The taxi rank operates between 20:00 and 03:00, 7 days a week, and is split into two portions. The first portion is located on the west side of Charing Cross Road, near Bear Street. The second portion acts as a feeder rank and is on the east side of Charing Cross Road.

The new taxi rank will be marshalled on Friday and Saturday evenings, between 22:00 and 03:00 and will operate as a normal taxi rank, i.e. the first taxi takes the first passenger and the fares are on the meter. TfL has worked together with the taxi trade and local authority to appoint this new taxi rank and drivers are encouraged to use the rank and support the marshalled taxi rank scheme.

The fixed-fare marshalled taxi rank scheme in Coventry Street has now stopped as this was only being marshalled temporarily by TfL marshals whilst Westminster City Council seek long term funding for the scheme.

Transport for London – London Taxi and Private Hire
For enquiries email
For licensing information visit the TfL website or try TfL’s Taxi Common Questions Section

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Improving Air Quality in London

Dear Stakeholder,

Improving Air Quality in London

The Mayor wants London to be one of the cleanest, greenest cities in the world and meet challenging European Union air quality targets. As part of wider work to improve air quality outlined in the Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy, Transport for London (TfL) is implementing a range of measures to tackle PM10 levels at some of the busiest roads in central London.These initiatives, being delivered by the London Clean Air Fund (CAF), which is financed by the Department for Transport at the Mayor's request, could reduce local pollution levels of PM10 - a pollutant arising mostly from traffic emissions - by between 10 and 20 per cent where applied. To date, the Clean Air Fund has achieved the following progress:

· Cleaning and Application of Air Dust Suppressants (CADS) – Expansion of CADS with Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) at priority locations with two additional converted vehicles enabling further testing and monitoring of CADS to optimise its application, and wider use at both industrial and construction sites across London.

· No Engine Idling campaign – Eco marshals have been deployed at taxi ranks outside 10 mainline stations in Central London and other on street ranks where air quality is particularly poor. The purpose of the Eco marshals is to provide guidance to taxi drivers and encourage eco driving and discourage engine idling at taxi ranks. Industry (Bus, Coach and Freight) support has been pledged and targeted engagement has been undertaken. We are currently also developing a campaign to raise awareness and educate all drivers about turning off their engines.

· Green infrastructure programme – The start of a greening programme to trap PM10 pollution – a row of 50 green towers (six foot tall planters) have been installed along Lower Thames Street, one of London’s most polluted roads. The green towers are also an attractive addition to the local area.

· Working with businesses – TfL has called upon businesses to cut their emissions following the launch of best practice guides – these will encourage walking and cycling, especially for organisations within central London, and includes a CAF financed trial of electric pool bikes designed to give staff extra pedal power and cut down on unnecessary car journeys; and working in partnership with Central YMCA to deliver free workplace activator training. Further action on the horizon includes:

· Green Wall to be installed at Edgware Road (Bakerloo Line) Tube station in November 2011 and plans for around 500 new street trees and new shrubs to planted in the next few months, subject to suitable planting conditions.

· CADS trial will be expanded in October at Marylebone Road, Victoria Embankment and Park Lane.

· No Engine Idling awareness raising campaign will be launched in November.

· Retrofitting diesel particulate filters to buses travelling through priority locations. These buses are already compliant with the forthcoming LEZ (Low Emission Zone) standards from January 2012, and the DPFs will significantly reduce emissions of PM10.

Delivering these short term local measures and providing a lasting legacy from the work requires the continuous support of organisations and individuals who operate, work or live in London. TfL will be collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders to deliver this work over the coming months.

We would be grateful for pledges of support and advocacy for this work. Please do get in touch if you are happy to support all or any of the specific work programmes outlined in this email, or if you simply want to be kept informed of progress.

Please contact the team by emailing Yours sincerely

Keith Gardner Director of Strategy (interim)

Surface Transport – Transport for London

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hepworth-V-Westminster City Council, PATAS Rulling

Dear Mr Large
I write to you to draw your attention to the recent ruling at PATAS, case ref: 2110348237(please see link below).

I and the NoToMob request that in light of this ruling by the adjudicator, your council should write to every individual who has been issued a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) via fixed CCTV for parking since February 2010, inviting them to apply for a refund. This would appear to be the fair and proportionate thing to do.
If Westminster City Council does not undertake this course of action, the District Auditor will be asked to apply to the court under section 17 of the Audit commission Act 1998 for a declaration that the income from these PCNs is illegally derived. I would also like to know how many PCNs for parking have been issued via fixed CCTV since February 2010.
We also ask that your council suspend the use of your fixed CCTV cameras for parking enforcement until such time as Westminster City Council has obtained an approved device certificate for your fixed CCTV cameras.
Yours sincerely
Steve Baker

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