Saturday, February 02, 2019

Statement From The Independant Taxi Alliance (ITA) : Latest News About The Demos.


*The Truth*
Jas Sandhu of the Met Police, seconded to TfL as a replacement to Insp Neil Bellany (of the Uber email FOI's), contacted every Org and Union wanting to speak the ITA leaders.
Steve Garelick informed us via text, not giving Sandhu any of our personal information away, but giving me Sandhu's number.
Sean Paul Day and Jimmy Thomas are the spokesmen and media control of the ITA. We trust no one else.

We asked SPD to call Sandhu as ITA spokesman and reporter for LTR.
The crux of the conversation, was TfL had been forced to contact the ITA by the Met.

Obviously TfL can see division in the trade as usual, with plenty of negativity and sniping from drivers who feel working and letting main roads being lost to Taxis is okay. So they were prepared to sit and wait until the militants who are prepared to fight for their rights shrivel into poverty and limp away in defeat.

TfL are worried.
They are dying to control us.
They have to foot the ongoing, crippling police bill, and pay the financial penalties for every bus that's late, and suffer every bus that's emptied out.

We have learned from the day the Met bushwhacked the UCG with Sections 12 and 14. 
We have no trust in Met top brass.
We refuse point blank to meet the Met.
If the Met kettles us in, good. If they get tricky, we mobilise and wreak havoc in convoy.
We broke all records on Friday doing a fortnight of protests.
Having set the record of one week a few years ago in St Pancras/Kings Cross.

Be proud
Enough of cutting our noses off to spite TfL's face. We protest every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm till 4pm (times and venues may change) until hell freezes over!
The ITA hasn't got a soft underbelly, but TfL showed us theirs on Friday.
We are getting to them.

Be patient, this is a war of attrition. Nothing will happen overnight.
And when we do win, it will come as another guise, so TfL won't lose face.
Their plans so far are Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Street and part of Regent Street, Queensway, Bank Junction (lost at a fruitless negociating table), Duke Street Hill through Tooley Street, Jamaica Road, Lower Road, Evelyn Street, Creek Road to Greenwich and beyond, with a spur off down Deptford Church Street, Brookmill Road into Lewisham.

The artwork for the new proposed Aldwych has only buses running along it. Are we paranoid or enlightened?
We cannot wait on consultations. TfL and it's conspiratorial rotten boroughs do not abide by consultations that decline to fit their agenda.
No consultation should even suggest prohibiting Taxis in favour of buses. 
WHERE BUSES GO - WE GO.


We don't care if only three of us turn up to protest. We will protest!
Unfortunately this trade has never been united. We as a trade are the last mavericks. A situation the Establishment hates, because there is nothing in it for them.
Our hard earned independence can be detrimental to any form of closed shop unification. But we chose this job for its freedoms, and we will fight to preserve them.
This is the nature of the beast that is our trade, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
It is not just about Camden, who are beholden to the Mayor for funding, or any other rotten Labour borough who colludes with the Mayor's Transport Strategy which omits Taxis.
Mayor Khan has been caught out lying about Taxi emissions, he has cut the grant to help the trade transform from Euro6 diesel to electric from £42m to £18m, without apology or explanation.
He has cut the lifespan of new Taxis from 15 years to 12 years based upon non scientific supposition, costing Taxi garages hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Plus, he will exclude all diesel Taxis from ULEZ in London, in 6 years time.
Sadiq Khan touts his father being a bus driver to accredit his working class status.
Before dial-a-rape came to town and started playing bumper cars every night, there was no love lost between buses and taxis.

Did young Sadiq see his mate's Dad's do the Knowledge and break out from those days of poverty? Does his resentment stem childhood?
The Knowledge is open to everyone.

Nowadays you only get a short induction and you can drive a bus with minimum qualifications - hence the mountain of Killed or Seriously Injured statistics committed every year by bus drivers.
TfL class Taxis as private enterprise and not Public Transport. So why do they mandate how Taxi drivers accept payment for their own individual businesses?
TfL are playing with a marked deck of cards. They are out to decimate the Taxi trade. The obviousness of TfL's bias and Mayor Khan's dislike for our trade is a plain as the nose on Sadiq's face. They don't even do us the courtesy of hiding their disdain.

TfL and Sadiq Khan are out to kill us. If we can't stop them, then at least take as many of them as we can with us.
*See you on Wednesday*

Friday, February 01, 2019

Khan's Zombie Pollution Statistics Exposed....Part Two....By Green Badge John.


It has always been well known TFL's dodgy taxi emission statistics were a product of fantasy reliant on a philosopy of technology running too slow for those who desire it most..... Them.

So making up disparaging and unsustainable accusations against an easy target namely taxis for pollution or emission levels and ignoring the hundreds of thousands of other vehicles that use Londons roads daily is completely scandalous and proves how corrupt and low the highly paid officials of TFL will go to win a point of argument using us as an Iconic publicised vehicle whilst at the same time attempting to eliminate us from the road completely on economics and technology which are like siamese twins.

Politics within the TFL mass transportation system has been outed since Uber fell into favour with TFL and remembering TFl is not supposed to be apolitical as it is overall governed by the Mayor and the Greater London Authority, if the dodgy emission dossier statistics were provided by senior officials of TFL in an attempt to convince the political overlords or mayor to make impacting decisions. This should be publicly shown and once proven wrong TFL senior employees responsible should be fired and dragged over the legal coals for corruption which is clearly what this is looking like as time goes by.

Be Lucky

greenbadgejohn


GLA Councillor David Kurten Exposes Sadiq Khan's Statistics As Guesstimates


At Mayor's Question time on the 17th of January, London Mayor Sadiq Khan told GLA Councillor David Kurten that  taxis produce 20% of NOx in Central London today and will produce 30% of NOx by 2020....When questioned about the validity of the statistics he said why should I ignore the science from my experts !!!

But in a written answer to Cllr Kurten, Mayor Khan has now admitted the statistics are no more than ESTIMATES - i.e. figures not based on any measurements, but plucked out of thin air.


But these guesstimated statistics are now flying around the media as pure facts and being used to damage the London Taxi trade. Taxi Leaks asks: Why have our largest org, the one who allegedly have secret meetings with the mayor and TfL commissioner Mike Brown not said anything about these lies ???
Why have none of our smaller orgs or three Unions said anything about these lies ???

Every Taxi follows TfL mandated guidelines over emissions, each vehicle having two MOTs and a TFL inspection every year.
The Mayor is using zombie statistic to push through a third party agenda that fits his future Transport Strategy for London. This could spell the 'end as we know it' for our 365 year old tradition of plying for hire on the streets of the capital. 

Below, is the question Cllr Kurten of the Brexit Alliance Group asked at MQT on 17th January 2019

In a press release on 19th December 2018, TfL stated that ‘taxis are currently responsible for 20% of harmful NOx emissions and by 2020 they will be the biggest source of transport pollution in CENTRAL LONDON.’ What is their source for this statement


Answered By: 
The Mayor
Date: 
Tuesday, 22nd January 2019
As outlined in the answer to Mayor's Question 2019/0219, the relative contribution to total road transport emissions of each vehicle type is 'estimated' using information on the composition of the vehicle fleet, the annual distances covered, emissions factors for that class of vehicle and information on the road links on the London network. 
(In other words....it's all guess work)

Mayors answer cont:
The results of this work are published in the outputs from the London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory.
The contribution to total NOx emissions from taxis in Central London by 2020 is 'estimated' at around 30 per cent, making them the largest single contributor to NOx concentrations in that area.

How is the Mayor being allowed by our orgs and unions to get away with these lies which could damage our future, considering he has offered no scientific proof???


TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
It seems that the Cllr for the Brexit Alliance Group, David Kurten, has shown more support for the London Taxi trade than some of the people who purport to represent the trade.
Davis even took the time to come over to Tottenham Court Road, to shoe support for the drivers fighting to protect their right of access on London's roads. 

David has also not been slow in giving his opinion on what is actually causing the congestion and pollution in central London !!!


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Pair Who Robbed Taxi Drivers At Knifepoint Jailed For Nine Years


Aalia Chaudhary and Fizan Syed were both jailed for robbing taxi drivers at knifepoint. Credit: Thames Valley Police
A man and woman who robbed taxi drivers at knifepoint have been jailed.
Fizan Syed and Aalia Chaudhary targeted four taxi drivers in Slough over an 18 month period between November 2015 and May 2017

The pair would order a taxi to Langley and then hold a knife to the driver's neck before stealing cash and valuables.
They were jailed at Reading Crown Court on Friday, January 25 after being convicted of four counts of robbery.

The court heard Syed would sit directly behind the drivers, while Chaudhary sat in the other rear passenger seat.
Chaudhary would speak to the drivers during the trips, but when they arrived at their destination Syed would place his arm around the neck of the driver and hold a knife to their throat.
Chaudhary would then search the taxi for money, wallets and other valuable items before they ran away.

Two of their victims sustained cuts to their faces during the robberies, but have since recovered.
After an extensive investigation, Thames Valley Police traced the pair to an address in Langley.
Chaudhary was arrested on Thursday, June 8 2017, with Syed being caught the following day.
They were charged on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
The pair denied the charges, but they were convicted by unanimous jury at the court in Reading, Berkshire on Friday, January 11.
Syed, 36, of no fixed abode, and Chaudhary, 36, of Minster Way, Langley, were both sentenced to nine years in jail.

"These were despicable acts on people carrying out a service to the public"
Investigating officer Edward Elms of the Slough Investigation Hub said: "Chaudhary and Syed targeted taxi drivers in the late evening and lulled them into a false sense of security and then robbed them at knifepoint.

"These were despicable acts on people carrying out a service to the public and I am satisfied that they have both been given a significant sentence.
"Thames Valley Police will strive to work to bring offenders to justice in this way, especially for offences such as this which cause a lot of concern and impact to the public.

"I want to thank the victims and witnesses who assisted with these investigations and hope this case will encourage others with any information relating to criminality, or witnessing crimes, to come forward so that we can work together to reduce crime and bring offenders to justice."

Source: https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/pair-who-robbed-taxi-drivers-at-knifepoint-jailed/

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Week 2 Day 2 : Thank You TfL For Making Our Demo Successful . Every Journey In Tatters!


Seventh weekday evening in a row and bang on the dot of 4pm, the proactive drivers of the ITA again blocked Tottenham Court Road (TCR). But today we noticed a complete attitude change from the police. 

Someone above decided they would give Taxis the run-around, and road blocks were set up to stop drivers accessing the road from side streets. The only access point being from Charing Cross Road. Drivers were told by the police at road blocks, to head for Oxford Street... but many found the police at TCR were unwilling to let them enter from Oxford street east bound. Shortly after 4pm Taxis traveling east along Oxford Street or trying to turn left from Rathbone Place, were diverted through the no entries into Soho Square, to make their way down to Old Compton left onto Charing Cross. A few Cabs were given access approaching westbound along New Oxford Street.

To stop the cabs heading up to Kings Cross again, at 5 pm TCR had been blocked across the top, cabs were diverted into University Street and then into Gower. 

Unknown to the Police or TfL (who, we've now been inform have taken to directing police action at the protest) today's secondary target was always going to be the Aldwych.  So it turned out, that when the shout went out, to head for our secondary venue, Palestra's Centre Coms did most of the job for us, making passage down towards Kingsway a doddle. 

To make matters worse -or in our case better- TfL decided to stack buses on Waterloo Bridge causing a complete shut down, and along the middle lane on the Strand side of Aldwych, making the through route impassable. 


Job done in minutes, the whole place became a car park and the more the police (under TfL command) tried to fiddle with the traffic, it just got worse. 

This bus decided to do a U-turn outside Law Courts. After half a dozen backwards and forwards manoeuvers, it finally departed in the opposite direction.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : 
Totally Failing London. Every journey in tatters!

We had an idea that TfL had become involved yesterday (Monday), as when the main body of drivers tried to leave TCR for the Cross, the lights at the top by Euston Road had been re-phased to just a few seconds on green. This action caused massive problems with private traffic (who had been allowed to enter the free lane by police), which blocked the emergence access. Not only that but at the Cross, TfL buses were being escorted by police motorcycles along the wrong side of Pancras road, out of the chaos.


Then today (Tuesday), talking to a motorcycle cop, we asked why access via the side streets had been restricted.... he said "orders from TfL ... So, we'd like to thank whoever was running the show for TfL at Palestra Centre Coms, for helping us get to our secondary target in just a few minutes. 

The Police Wrong Footed :
When the whistle blew at five, the Met motorbikes flew up to the Cross en masse with blues and twos flashing away. Few red faces there then. 

With more drivers joining in day after day, this has been our most successful protest so far, in-spite of the fact TfL tried to pin us down and keep us out.

 Keep it up people and remember:
WHERE BUSES GO, TAXIS GO...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Shock News As LEVC Lay Off 20% Of It’s Coventry Staff Just 24 Hours After Prince Charles Visit.

Shock news today as we read in the Coventry Telegraph, that Coventry based Electric Taxi manufacturer announces 70 job losses. 

Funny enough, the announcement came just 24 hours after Prince Charles visited the new factory in Ansty

Workers at the LEVC works, that builds the London Electric range extender black cabs, have been told today to expect job losses.

Managers called their production staff together this afternoon and inform them of plans to reduce the workforce by 70. This is around a fifth of the total workforce.

According to the Telegraph, a production worker (who did not wish to be named) said: "We all knew this was coming, but we didn't know the amount.

"There will be another meeting tomorrow where we will find out the criteria - which staff are going.

"We knew that this would be announced as soon as Prince Charles had left.

"We have put our heart and soul into that new building for Coventry, to do Coventry proud again.

"There are some brilliant workers there, the management are not fit to run a factory in Coventry.

"The production manager called us all together today and said there were 70 to go.

"They are looking at five weeks until we don't have a job.

"Because it is a new company, 80 per cent of the workers are new.

"The workers from Holyhead Road can carry their service on, but it will all be new workers that go.

"Our prospects are bleak now in Coventry."

Company statement

A spokesman for the London Electric Vehicle Company said: "2019 will be a challenging year for UK automotive.

"To prepare the business we are reducing the number of agency staff and making productivity improvements.

"We still expect demand for our premium electric taxi to continue to grow over the coming years."

It is thought amongst the trade that the vehicle has been over priced and the number of sales expected have not materialised. 

There are fears amongst the London Taxi Trade LEVC owners, that the company could fail leaving drivers who’ve purchased the vehicle with a very expensive white elephant 

On the electric Taxi front, there has been news the the Nissan Dynano Fully Electric Taxi could be hitting the dealerships in early Spring. 

The Dynamo retails (with subsidies) at a whopping £20,000 less than the LEVC.   

Week 2 Day 2 : Thank You TfL For Making Our Demo Successful . Every Journey In Tatters!


Seventh weekday evening in a row and the proactive drivers of the ITA blocked Tottenham Court Road (TCR bang on the dot of 4pm. But today we noticed a complete attitude change from the police. 

Someone above decided they would give Taxis the run-around, and road blocks were set up to stop drivers accessing the road from side streets. The only access point being from Charing Cross Road. Drivers were told by the police at road blocks, to head for Oxford Street but many found the police at TCR were unwilling to let them enter from Oxford street east bound. Shortly after 4pm Taxis traveling east along Oxford Street or trying to turn left from Rathbone Place, were diverted through the no entries into Soho Square, to make their way down to Old Compton left onto Charing Cross. A few Cabs were given access approaching westbound along New Oxford Street.

To stop the cabs heading up to Kings Cross again at 5 pm, TCR had been blocked across the top, cabs were diverted into University Street and back into Gower. 

Unknown to the Police or TfL (who we've now been inform have taken to directing police action at he protest) today's secondary target was always going to be the Aldwych.  So in turns out, when the shout went up to head for our secondary venue, Palestras Centre Coms had done most of the job for us, making passage down towards Kingsway a doddle. 

To make matters worse -or in our case better- TfL decided to stack buses on Waterloo Bridge causing a complete shut down, and along the middle lane on the Strand side of Aldwych, making the through route impassable. 


Job done in minutes, th whole place became a car park and the more he police (under TfL command) tried to fiddle with the traffic, it just got much worse. 

This bus decided to do a U-turn outside Law Courts. After half a dozen backwards and forwards manoeuvers, it finally departed in the opposite direction.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : 
Totally Failing London. Every journey in tatters!

We had an idea that TfL had become involved yesterday, as when the main body of drivers tried to leave TCR for he cross, the lights at he top by Euston Road had been re-phased to jus a few seconds on green. His action caused massive problems with private traffic (who had been allowed to enter the free lane by police), which blocked the emergence access. Not only this but at the Cross TfL buses were being escorted on the wrong side of Pancras road, out of the chaos.


Then today, talking to a motorcycle cop, we asked why access via the side streets had been denied, he said "orders from TfL.....So, we'd like to thank TfL for helping us get to our secondary target I just a few minutes. 

The police however were clueless, when the whistle blew at five, they flew up to the Cross en masse with blues and twos flashing away. Few red faces there then. 

So far, this has been our most successful day, in-spite of the fact TfL tried to pin us down and keep us out.

 Keep it up people and remember:
WHERE BUSES GO, TAXIS GO...

Open Letter To TfL Regarding Taxi Exclusion From Mayor Of London's Plans For Tottenham Court Road.


Subject: Tottenham Court Road exclusion. 

Why are Licensed London Taxis being excluded from TfL, Camden Council and the Mayor of London's plans for Tottenham Court Road?

With the horrendous KSI statistics of TfL's publicly funded, privately owned Bus companies, in stark contrast to the unparalleled safety record of self-sufficient Taxis, it appears there is an agenda by TfL and the Mayor to rob Peter (Taxis) to pay Paul (Buses).

It is TfL who have failed the Bus companies.
TfL and three successive Mayors have tried to propgandise drivers out of cars and on to bikes. But instead, because of TfL's ludicrous road mismanagement policy where buses stand still in manufactured gridlock, users stepped off TfL buses and onto cycles or walked.
Adding to that mix of greed and ineptitude, TfL licensed sixty thousand more Private Hire minicabs than was necessary as a quick drying mortar to London's heavy wall of traffic built into its ever decreasing road space.

As a COPD sufferer I applaud any attempt to filter the air. But to cause such stress and pollution on purpose, for the sole aim of misappropriating taxes to cover TfL and the Mayor's financial ineptitude, is unforgivable.
Their sharp practice will be found out.

It is clear to Londoners that TfL's hierarchy are not very good at their jobs.
It is my personal belief that the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has a vendetta against the Licensed Taxi trade.
TfL, Mayor Khan and culpable councils like Camden are out to destroy London's 365 year old professional door to door, safe, clean and wheelchair accessible transport service.

You know, I know, London knows, and even those of you who benefit from your elite capture know that walking, cycling and busing cannot cover all the various needs of London's traveling public.
The Mayor and TfL are denying the public a choice.
When Taxi and Private Hire drivers complained about the illegal Uber app and the illegality of disruptive technology, they were told by corrupt politicians and TfL that it was all about 'choice.'
Today TfL, the Mayor and a blackmailed Camden Council are taking that basic freedom away from the public.

Taking into account that Camden Council have little to no choice over Tottenham Court Road, for fear of losing funding, I have two other questions:
Who is funding this fiasco?
Why did Camden Council ask local businesses and residents for their views via a consultation, only to disregard its results?

I hope to hear your response in good time.

Kind regards,
Leonard H. Etheridge.

Fitzrovia News Asks, "What's The Media Reported And Is It Correct?....But Who's Posting The Fake News?

Above are photos taken between 4pm and 7pm at he demonstration on Tottenham Court Road.
Please notice that the outside lane has been kept clear for emergency vehicles.
But if you take a photo after 7pn when the police open the road back up to all traffic, you get a different picture as vehicles hurriedly drive down the empty lane, as in the picture below. This gives a fake news perspective....and guess which picture Fitzrovia Nes went with?....yes you got it, the one below 


For the sixth weekday evening in a row London Taxi drivers have blocked Tottenham Court Road between 4pm and 7pm, and brought the surrounding streets to a standstill. 

Although many people have struggled to get home by public transport, we have found in general, the majority of the public and business owners we’ve spoken to, fully support the Taxi action.

There have been allegations that a number of incorrect statements have been made in both the mainstream media and on social media.

So we thought we’d go over the problem again. 

Taxi drivers have blocked Tottenham Court Road every weekday since Monday 21 January.
This is true !

Why are the taxi drivers protesting and who’s organised it?
The Independent Taxi Alliance (ITA)have organised the protest in response to Camden Council’s proposals “to restrict access to licensed taxis using Tottenham Court Road between 07h – 19h”. They say they will hold a protest every weekday between 4pm and 7pm indefinitely until Camden decides to allow unrestricted access to taxis, Where Buses go, Taxis go...
Also very true !

What has the media reported and is it correct?

Report: Only buses and bikes will be allowed between 8am and 7pm, Monday to Saturday, when Tottenham Court Road is converted from one-way to two-way traffic from March. (Evening Standard, Friday 4 January; Camden New Journal, Friday 25 January).

TAXI LEAKS Verdict: 
Camden Council is due to convert TCR to two-way working from March or April this year. Buses and all other traffic (at first) will run in both directions. There will be no restrictions on other vehicles for the first 12 months. But then from March 2020 there will be restrictions on sections of TCR where only buses and cyclists will be allowed between 8am and 7pm, Monday to Saturday stopping through passage to all except buses and cycles. 

There will be limited access to bits of the road for all traffic such as Torrington Place to Howland Street and Goodge Street to Chenies Street. There will be a couple of difficult to get to taxi ranks tucked away in side-streets, one of which will be laughably in Store Street by South Crescent only accessible from Percy Street or Alfred Place. 

The Taxi Rank spaces at the northern end of TCR will remain accessible from Grafton Way. 

Traffic modelling by Camden show that there will be a significant increase in traffic congestion in the surrounding areas increasing pollution levels. Traffic modelling where Taxis are allowed shows that in another model where Taxis were included show that in certain side streets (particularly Charlotte Street) would not have any significant increase. 

There is a series of maps showing the (rather complicated) access arrangements here: https://www3.camden.gov.uk/westendproject/maps/

You may be wondering if there is so much fake news and information flying about, why haven’t Camden Council made a statement. 
Camden have a very expensive press office and public relations team but not one word from them regarding these demos. 

However, we understand that Camden will be making a statement later this week and it will be published in the Camden New Journal on Thursday.  

Monday, January 28, 2019

Sad News Today, As Trade Loses Another Much Loved Colleague.


It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of one of the loveliest cab drivers I have ever known. Mark Sherlock (61) who has lost his 20 month battle with a brain tumour, was a dear friend and much loved colleague.

I first met Mark at a trade org meeting in 2010, he said he liked my blog but the spelling was dreadful. 
I explained that I had a mild form of dyslexia that affected mainly my reading ability, so once written, I rarely read back through my posts. Mark offered to proof read and correct posts and within days the blog took on a new professional look, all down to Marks efforts. 

Unfortunately a few years down the line as we had rocked a few boats, the blog came under heavy attack with threats of legal action to all those involved. So I had to distanced myself from the others connected with the Anderson Shelter and carried on alone. Obviously the blog standard noticeably dropped without Marks help. But we did manage to stay in touch through social media and the occasional meeting.

Mark, an established Soul Music DJ, shared my passion for music from the late 60s early 70s. As a young man I would regularly visit the West End clubs and everytime we met, Mark would always turn our conversation back to this time. 

It was always such a pleasure to see Mark walk through the door at the Royal Oak Or Camley Street and I can honestly say, I've never heard anyone criticise or have anything bad to say about him.

My life has been enriched by knowing Mark and my heart goes out to his family and friends. 


Mark was a face that turned up at virtually every Taxi Trade Demo. 

This from Marks friend, Bob Masters :
We are all totally numb at the loss of our dear friend, so where on earth do we find the words to try and say what someone like Mark Sherlock truly means to us….pretty impossible.
Mark was the epitome of what a man should be, a hard working rock of a husband, father and friend, with a passion for music, cloths and the odd pint of Guinness, outside of that, what else is there.
Mark carried an honesty and instant likability that is very rare in today’s world, he was wonderful to have on any event as a DJ, but as a person, you just always wanted him in the room with you.

I would like to thank Tina and all the Sherlock family for allowing myself, all his close friends and those from the extended soul family who could make it, the time to come and see Mark, chat and giggle with him over these past desperate months. We all kinda new what the outcome would be, but still prayed in the hope that someone was listening and that somehow there might be miracle of some sort…silly I know, but hey !!

I already miss our chats, our days out, popping into Soho Radio, meeting up with Eddie Piller, sitting in on his show and grabbing a pint or two, your love of playing/DJing with us all…and your love of the people around you. We shared so many very special times in the last few years, too many to mention right now….but they are etched on my heart for always.

I was SO glad to get to see Mark yesterday, he wasn’t really totally awake, but I said a few things in his ear, he then raised his arm up, so I held his hand, I felt like he could hear me. I whispered to him all his friends names that I could remember and told him how much we all loved him…..then I said goodbye….I’m gonna miss my mate

The world is a lesser place today because Marks not in it, but it could be a far better place  tomorrow if we wake-up and all try and be a bit more like him….he was a one-off.

Rest in Peace now mate, your in a better place….they’re lucky to have you......God Speed xx

TCR Protests week Two : Khan's Lies Must Be Exposed.


As Sadiq Khan, bleats on relentlessly about the poor air quality in London, he knows full well that diesel cars are not to blame for the low standard of air quality endured in our cities across the UK. 

 * Khan knows as fact, that hundreds of transient transatlantic flights are routed out of their way to fly low over London and other populated areas of the UK. 

 * He knows that diesel vehicles are cleaner now than ever before and that overall, traffic volume has not changed much since 2000, up only by 10%, 

 * He knows emission from ground traffic has dropped, as any increase in traffic has been more than offset by improvements in engine technology. 

 * He also knows the only other factor in the equation -aviation- is being deliberately excluded from the entire debate. 

 * Khan knows that his T-Charge is basically a tax on diesel drivers and an attack on the London Black Taxi trade. 

 * He knows the T-Charge will make no difference to the levels of pollution, as several studies have shown. 

 * He knows it will make no difference to people’s health or save any lives. 

 * He knows that the easiest way to improve air quality is to re-route transient aviation away from UK populated areas or away from UK airspace altogether.

He knows because he's been told him and supplied supporting evidence by email, by phone to both his mayoral Office and his parliamentary office. 

We know he got them because it's been checked...but guess what… not a single response to any of them. Not one single word. 

Therefore, Look-up.org are currently preparing a legal challenge in the form of a Judicial Review of his plans to charge people to drive into London as they feel Khan is deliberately ignoring the true cause, which will amount to an unnecessary tax on people who rely on their vehicles to live and work in London.

See more, use this link below:


TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
Celebrity support for the Tottenham Court Road demos, has been followed by support from the House of Lords :

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Cyclist Albert Beals Letter To Camden New Journal Regarding Tottenham Court Road Taxi Ban

   Man behind the looney traffic systems in Camden...Labour Cllr Adam Harrison.

Letter from Albert Beale
Hi there - I'm a cyclist who supports the cabbies over Tpttenham Court Road - see my letter
below to the CNJ.

I do wish some cabbies wouldn't be so down on cyclists. It's the private cars, and - especially - the lethal minicabs, which we should be united in opposing.

There's room for taxis and buses and bikes on the road together - but 90% of private cars in central London aren't needed and we should get rid of them.

I think cabbies and cyclists should more frequently make common cause; over TCR I'd say our interests coincide. I find a cycle space which is actually a shared space with just buses and taxis (professional drivers), like TCR ought to be, is sometimes safer than a "bikes only" lane with private traffic such as minicabs nearby, since they often ignore cycle lanes and stop in them.

  Albert Beale

LETTER TO CAMDEN NEW JOURNAL (CNJ)
I travel round central London every day - by bike, on foot, and sometimes by bus; and I recognise that London's black cabs are an important component of the city's public transport system. 

So I'm outraged by Camden Council's plan to stop taxis sharing the space with buses on Tottenham Court Road ("Road-block cabbies" - front page, 24 January CNJ); the demonstrators have my full support.

You report that Cllr Adam Harrison claims taxis will still be able to go within 60 metres of University College Hospital - but patients who can walk 70 yards can probably cope with a bus; one of the points of a taxi is that it can get you right to (or from) the door. And I know people with impaired mobility who'll no longer feel able to shop in that road if they don't have the option of hailing a cab if they need one.

Cllr Harrison - who seems destined to be known as the Chris Grayling of Camden Council - also claims that the road scheme will help with traffic flow, pollution, and cycling safety. 

This might be the case if the ban on private cars in Tottenham Court Road operated round the clock. But those of us who use the road all the time know perfectly well that the danger and oppressiveness of cars in the area is often at its greatest in the evening, after the congestion charge stops, so letting cars into the road then is nonsensical. 

With the road being two-way, there'll no longer be space for separate lanes for buses, taxis and bikes, so it's self-evident that Tottenham Court Road will be far more dangerous for cyclists than it is in the evenings now, and buses will be gridlocked. (And the cycle lanes in Gower Street will just be a bit of paint on the road, providing no real protection from the two-way motor traffic being introduced there.)

And if this wasn't awful enough, what about the situation at Princes Circus, also being dug up as part of the road scheme? 
The tallest and most magnificent of the trees there, which has no doubt stood in front of the Shaftesbury Theatre since the venue opened over a century ago, has survived nearby World War Two bombs, as well as everything that London could throw at it - including a major revamping and reversing of the roads there about 40 years ago. 

But it's now being destroyed to make way for traffic, sacrificed to some Camden planner's vanity project. Yes, there'll be a few saplings planted to "replace" it. But every single reader of this issue of the CNJ will be long dead well before any of them is even half the height of the magnificent tree being unnecessarily killed off. This alone is enough to demonstrate the falsity of claims that the road changes are for environmental reasons.

Camden Council should be ashamed.

Albert Beale

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : 
Just a quick caveat to Alberts letter:-
Camden's Councillor Adam Harrison insists that the road scheme will help with traffic flow, pollution, and cycling safety....we would just like to point out to him, the utter caranage that Camden have already recently caused by blocking the entrance southbound to Judd Street. 

Midland road is now gridlocked most of the day, going all the way back to Camden Town. As Judd Street is home to the Royal Institute of the Blind...perhaps Cllr Harrison could offer an explanation we could use when dropping a blind person on a major road like Euston Road, telling them "you'll have to find your own way from here as Camben saw fit to block the road off to all but cyclist". 

Is this Cllr Harrisn's vision of helping with traffic flow, pollution and cycle safety.....stationary traffic spewing deadly fumes along the whole of Midland and Euston Roads????

Also St Pancras, one of the busiest passenger terminals in Europe is now a no go area as passenger are getting stuck in the chaos as they come out the station to the Taxi Rank. Unless of course they happen to have bought a cycle on holiday with them. 

The question should be put to Cllr Harrison, 'How many extra preventable deaths have you added to Khans total for London.... caused by Camden's horrendous traffic disrupting systems'.

Cllr Adam Harrison is Cabinet Member for improving Camden’s environment.
So far the Cabinet have manage to cause utter gridlock along Tavistock Place, forcing westbound traffic onto Oxford Street and Euston Road. Their no-left turns along Vernon place and Southampton Row has cause massive gridlock most of the day resulting in loner journeys causing more emissions. And now Judd street closure. How have they managed to get away with these utter ridiculous systems, under the banner of improving the environment??.   

These people should be held accountable for the destruction they are causing to our city. 

Wonder what TfL and the Mayor think about the new bus journey times along Midland Road???

A WORD FROM OUR ROVING REPORTER IN PARIS :
The new traffic scheme at St Pancras is absolutely incomprehensible to us in Paris. Gare du Nord / @Eurostar Station (N.1 busiest station in Europe) is an area strictly restricted to TAXIS/buses/emergency vehicules - for maximum fluidity and swift access.


ITA London Taxi Protest continues tomorrow  
MONDAY 28TH JANUARY  4pm Tottenham Court Road :  
Try to be on time as it’s going to get interesting !!!