After a two hour meeting with local Councillors, lead engineers and police and local MP Zac Goldsmith, Richmond Licensed Taxi rank is moving away from the Richmond Station !!
The rank is being moved forward by about 80 feet and all people will see when they come out of the station is the arse end of the last cab on the new rank this rank will be trialed for 6 months with 3 cabs only and it has been agreed that it will become a 4 cab rank after the trial .
Drivers must not sit on this rank with there engine running as local shops complain about the smell.
Any further complaints and we will be gone.
The council has tried every permutation know to man to get the town to run smoothly and they agree its not the drivers fault.
But money talks and TFL hold the purse strings.
Signage will be going in as well as the telephone system as used in the past. There will be some sort of system put in place so the drivers know when there is space available to move over from a feeder rank to the new rank.
It is felt by local drivers that this was the best they were ever going to get, but it will take time to bed in.
Local driver reps have also asked about ranking for twickenham stadium for the word cup next year and things are looking good. There is a new guy at the council who has worked with drivers before and he is on the short list to get the Job that takes in Twickenham town center and the surrounding roads at twickenham stadium.
More news as we get it .
Thanks for all your support. I must just add the Police were amazing today and backed us up all the way as well as Zac Goldsmith.
All the best.