Saturday, April 20, 2019

City Of London Traffic Management Bulletin.....Latest News Update


Traffic Management Bulletin:

Latest News

On Sunday 28 April 2019 the London Marathon will bring athletes from all over the world to London. More information about the event and how it might impact on your journey is available on the London Marathon`s website.



View our interactive map showing road works, closures and clear routes through the square mile.
Routes Across The City Without Closures (Saturday only)




Eastbound

Holborn Circus, Holborn Viaduct, Newgate Street, King Edward Street, Montague Street, Aldersgate Street Rotunda, Aldersgate Street, London Wall, Wormwood Street, Camomile Street, Outwich, Houndsditch, St Botolph Street, Middlesex Street & Aldgate.

Westbound

Aldgate High Street, Aldgate, Fenchurch Street, Gracechurch Street, Bishopsgate, Threadneedle Street, Mansion House Street, Poultry, Cheapside, New Change, Newgate Street, Holborn Viaduct & Holborn Circus.

Southbound

Farringdon Street, Ludgate Circus, New Bridge Street, Blackfriars Bridge

Northbound

Blackfriars Bridge, New Bridge Street, Ludgate Circus & Farringdon Street.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

BREAKING NEWS : LEVC Manchester To Close Over Extremely Poor Sales.....by Les Reid.


LEVC MANCHESTER are closing down. Staff only told this week.

According to our Manchester correspondent, sales have been extremely poor, those few that have arrived in Town (around 10) have been sold here from the Birmingham Franchise.

The difficulty with the vehicle is that in the provincies like MRC, vehicles need to be Double Teamed (day and nights) in Liverpool much the same except, they call it 'short collar/ long collar'.

Electric vehicles cannot really work here, example, when I get the Cab in the morning, I need it to be fully charged. Then before I hand the Cab over at teatime I need to have charged the Cab fully, and SO DO MANCHESTER'S OTHER 1100 cabs.

How many charger's does anybody expect to find EMPTY at exactly the same time?

Interestingly enough LVEC have abandoned support for Diesel Cabs in the City, anyone with existing warranties on Euro 6 TX4s, will have to travel the 35 miles to Liverpool to have issue's dealt with.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan stated on Sky News broadcast yesterday: "The Extinction Rebellion protests are "inadvertently" driving people away from using public transport to use Minicabs and other things".

It would seem the Mayor, not satisfied with refusing to meet the Taxi trade and excluding us from his Transport Strategy....now finds it hard to utter the word TAXI. Is "OTHER THINGS" the new Mayoral term for the worlds best Taxi service? 

However, it's alleged the Mayor's office recognising the gaff, contacted press agencies that farms out stories to all the national and local press to get the word changed before it went on line or into print.

Most local papers changed Khans word in their online site to "Taxi"


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Central London Blocked By Protests, Yet Not A Section 12 Or 14 In Sight


A Taxi Leaks roving reporter spoke to the police outside the Shell building yesterday, with regards to the damage being inflicted by climate change protesters. 

She reported : One climate warrior, supper glued his hands to the Shell Building main entrance doors.


It was like talking to a robot.. the officer is standing next to a building covered in graffiti (criminal damage) there are two idiots on top of the ledge above the door, putting their own safety in jeopardy and yet a police officer is telling me, “this is a democracy and these people have the right to protest”. 

I asked why the police are not using the 1994 public order act to reclaim the streets back from the protesters as they have done many times in the past....The officer just kept insisting these people are not happy and have a right to be here??????

Funny, when the UCG held a series of Taxi demos in and around Westminster, the police invoked the Public Order Act and issued a number of section 12s and 14s.... putting a virtual stop on the organisers. 

But now it’s “these people have a right to protest and damage property because it’s a democracy”.

He claimed all the protesters were adults and when I said “so why are they not working today” the officer said “they ave prob booked holiday time off from work”...

Am I dreaming.. is this all a dream, will I wake up soon, or am I stuck on a bad trip entering the twilight zone ???


This county is unrecognisable I don’t want to sound like I’m paranoid but this isn’t normal is it?

April showers are what we need right now, because these brave eco warriors won’t like getting wet. 
Ironically, these protesters are calling for zero carbon emissions.... yet they are using spray cans, spewing out PSPs which is thought to be one of the worst environmentally damaging gasses there is.  

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
This situation with the relaxed attitude of the police stinks again of contrivance from a certain Mayors office. 
Surely, the more publicity about the alleged pollution the better.... makes the ULEZ charge look respectable, instead of another Tax on the poor.


Can we expect the same casual attitude from the police when we continue with the ITA protests?
Will Taxis be allowed to completely blockade roads and not leave lanes clear for emergency vehicles. 

These protesters have completely blocked Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Parliament Square and Waterloo Bridge, with the intention to stay there for a number of day (most likely till the end of next week).... should we block Tottenham Court Road without leaving a clear lane for emergency vehicles for a couple of weeks??? 
Would the police again sit back and say.... well it is a democracy !!!!!

LATEST UPDATE FROM THE MET POLICE : STATEMENT ON EXTINCTION REBELION DEMONSTRATIONS...16/04/2019 13:30 BST. 


Speaking earlier today following the demonstrations in central London, Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is currently dealing with a number of demonstrations taking place across London.

“We have officers out on the ground engaging with protestors and local communities to ensure proportionate policing plans are in place.

“We need to ensure we are striking the right balance between allowing the right to a peaceful protest, while ensuring disruption to communities is kept to a minimum.

“We are mindful of the impact the demonstrations are having on the local communities and are working hard with partners including TfL to keep London moving and open for businesses and visitors alike.

“At this time, ongoing demonstrations are causing serious disruptions to public transport, local businesses and Londoners who wish to go about their daily business. 

“As such a 24hour condition was imposed at 18:55hrs last night which stipulated that protestors should continue any demonstrations within the Marble Arch area only.

“In order to impose this condition, the Met required evidence that serious disruption was being caused to communities in London. We so far have 55 bus routes closed and 500,000 people affected as a result. Based on the information and intelligence available at the time, we are satisfied that this threshold has been met and this course of action is necessary in order to prevent ongoing serious disruptions to communities. 
“We are taking positive action against those who are choosing to ignore this condition and are continuing to demonstrate in other areas across London.

“At this time, we have made a total of 122 arrests. Five of which were for criminal damage following a disruption outside a commercial premises and the remaining 117 were made on Waterloo Bridge last night and in the early hours of this morning. The majority of these arrests were made for breaching Section 14 of the Public order Act 1986 and obstructing a highway. All remain in custody at this time.

“We expect demonstrations to continue throughout the coming weeks. We have significant resources in place to deal with any incidents that may arise and officers out on the ground who are well trained in maintaining public order.” 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Tottenham Court Road To Go Two Way On Saturday 20th April 2019...Taxis Excluded From Spring 2020



Proving that consultations are pointless, (they just have one, using pointed questions, then do what they like regardless)TfL have issued this statement below about Tottenham Court Road.

On Saturday 20 April, sections of Tottenham Court Road will change to two-way traffic. From spring 2020, sections of Tottenham Court Road will become bus and cycle only in both directions between 08:00 and 19:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Access to loading bays will be maintained via the northbound lane on Tottenham Court Road.

Local businesses receiving or making deliveries should speak to their supplier about whether they can re-time deliveries to outside peak hours, or reduce deliveries by streamlining your suppliers and the number of visits they make to your premises. information, visit our travel advice page.

Please drive carefully while pedestrians, cyclists and traffic gets used to the new system.

For more information, visit our travel advice page.

Please drive carefully while pedestrians, cyclists and traffic gets used to the new system.

Yours sincerely, 
Glynn Barton
TfL Director of Network Management

Let’s hope that pedestrians are not mowed down by buses in the new scheme, like we’ve seen along Baker Street and Gloucester Place.  


TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : 
Camden Council posted this on their website 20 February 2018

The £35m West End Project will begin in early March.  Set to be the largest transformational scheme in the London Borough of Camden, the project will change not just how people travel in the Tottenham Court Road area, but how it looks and feels. 

Issues which have affected the area for some time, will be addressed, including poor air quality, traffic congestion, and a lack of public open space.

Well, in our opinion, they haven’t ‘addressed all issues’... they have just ignored the problems residents and  disabled road users have raised!

This scheme is being push through on safety issues, yet the London Taxi Trade has the best safety record of any firm of transport using this Street.  

When fully implemented, Camden will be discriminating against disabled groups. All London’s Taxis are mandated to be fully wheelchair accessible and is the only fully accessible service in Europe. 
Had 10-15,000 drivers turned up to stand and fight beside the 4-500 faces who regularly answered the call for over 13 weeks.....then it's possible we would have had an even greater victory. 

This type of situation isn't going to suddenly stop, or get better.....do nothing and you will lose the streets for ply for hire in. You will no longer be able to honour the abstract of law that clearly states you must drop your passengers to the destination of their choice, a door to door service. 
Camden's regulation from next year means you will no longer be able to fulfil your obligation under the Hackney Carriage Act. 


ITA protests are scheduled to start again on 8th of May.... Where buses go, Taxis go. 
These protests (which will now be supported by disabled passenger groups) will carry on indefinitely.