Enforcement of average speed cameras on A13 to begin on 31 January


  • Site of more than 400 collisions will be the first place in UK where average speed cameras enforce speed limit along a major urban road
  • New upgraded system will help reduce road collisions and improve traffic flow through east  London


An average speed camera system, the first of its kind in the UK, will begin operating between Canning Town and the Goresbrook Interchange on the A13 from 31 January to help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on this stretch of road; notorious for collisions.

In agreement with the Metropolitan Police and local borough councils, TfL is introducing the new system at this site as it sees a higher amount of collisions than is usual for London’s roads. Between 2007 and 2009, there were 426 collisions on this stretch; resulting in two deaths and 37 serious casualties.

More than 70 per cent of those collisions involved cars or goods vehicles and it is hoped the introduction of these new speed cameras will reduce collisions by around 30 per cent.

The new camera system will replace the existing fixed and mobile safety cameras along the stretch of road. As well as reducing the number of people killed or harmed on the road, it is also hoped this system will reduce congestion caused by collisions, helping to further smooth traffic flow.

Road collisions are responsible for around 28 per cent of congestion in London. Studies by TfL show that collisions along the stretch of A13 from Canning Town flyover to Goresbrook Interchange can take up to seven hours to be cleared, with the average time being around two hours per collision. 

A total of 84 cameras, based at 37 locations, will monitor the speed of vehicles as they drive along part or all of the Canning Town to Goresbrook Interchange section of the A13. If the average speed for a vehicle along the stretch of the road they drive along is above the speed limit, the owner of the car will be issued with a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) by the Metropolitan Police.

In preparation for the system going live on 31 January, the speed limit will be raised from 40mph to 50mph on the section of the A13 to the east of the Canning Town Flyover and the Goresbrook Interchange in the London boroughs of Newham and Barking & Dagenham. 

The increase in speed limit follows a review of the dual three lane design of the A13, which showed that a 50mph speed limit is appropriate for this stretch of road. The speed limit across the Lodge Avenue and Canning Town Flyovers will remain as they currently are.

David Brown, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said:

“Road safety in the Capital is something that the Mayor and TfL take extremely seriously and this new average speed camera system along the A13 is not only a first for London, but a first for the UK.

“Once active, the upgraded safety camera system will help significantly reduce the number of collisions that occur along this stretch of road, resulting in fewer serious casualties and reduced collision-related traffic congestion in the local area.”

PC Simon Wickenden of Chadwell Heath Traffic Management Unit said: “We fully support both the increase in the speed limit and the average speed camera system on the A13. Experience elsewhere has shown that average speed cameras increase road safety and at the same time better regulate traffic flow.

“We believe the speed limit is more appropriate for a dual carriageway like this and the potential reduction in collisions would mean fewer lengthy road closures as the necessary investigations take place.”

Andrew Overton Retires

New beginnings for historical name  

As the industry gets used to a new name for a historical icon, there has been another change within this traditional market.  Andrew Overton, whose
grand-father, founded Mann & Overton in 1899, has decided to retire from
The London Taxi Company after more than 41 years in the taxi trade.

Andrew has held many roles over the years, including Managing Director of Mann & Overton, when the company was owned by Lloyds and Scottish. 
He remained an integral part of the business, taking on the role of Sales & Marketing Director, following Manganese Bronze’s acquisition of London Taxis International in 1985.

Latterly he was Market Development Director for LTI Limited, the next incarnation of the recently renamed company, a role that was adapted approximately 7 years ago, allowing Andrew to reduce hours, whilst still
acting in a consultative capacity.

In 2009, he became The Master of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, an organisation that he intends to remain a part of for
years to come.

Andrew said “I have always enjoyed my roles, whatever it may have been, and in particular I have enjoyed dealing with so many wonderful people within the trade. The taxi trade, whether in London or in the regions, has so many genuine people who want the best for this industry.
“It has been my pleasure to deal with these people over the last 40 years. I will be sorry not to be a part of this any more, but there is a right time in life for everything and I take this opportunity to wish the London Taxi Company and all those who work so hard in this trade a prosperous and successful future.”

Peter Shillcock, Managing Director of The London Taxi Company said: “It really is the end of an era for us all here at The London Taxi Company. Andrew has been such an important and passionate advocate for taxis, and is known across the UK for his expertise and knowledge. 

“He will be sorely missed.  We wish him a wonderful retirement and thank him for his contributions to the institution that is now The London Taxi Company over the past four decades.”


Well the rank at Abacus as finally arrived after about a 3 year wait and it’s totally in the wrong place its a 2 cab rank only were Abacus needs at least a 6 cab rank.

This seems to me the corporation have chucked us this scrap hoping it will shut us up ,it will certainly keep the touts happy that illegally ply for hire here as the taxis are so far away they will nick the punters before they get a chance to approach the cab on point.I’m all for new ranks being appointed but the trouble is if there not sited properly they wont get used this as been a problem in the past.

The touts are not scared of any enforcement at this establishment as the wardens go home at 7.30pm and only work up to 11.30pm on Friday and Saturdays and the police seem to struggle to clamp down on the touting and they say they can’t enforce the double yellows, but the City Of London web site says different “The City of London Police may observe a contravention which they consider should be enforced. In these circumstances, the Police Officer will prepare a witness statement which will be passed to the City of London for enforcement. A PCN will then be issued to registered keeper of the vehicle. Photographs of the vehicle committing the contravention will not be available in these circumstances”.

So if the wardens are tucked up in bed why ain’t the police up holding the law and issuing tickets en masse to the scabs parked on the double yellows situated outside ABACUS.

The only reason I can see why they have put us so far back is to use the zig zags to stop us over ranking.



London Taxi and Private Hire (LTPH), the body responsible for licensing London's taxi and private hire industries, has today announced a change to the first step a successful taxi driver applicant must undertake when starting out on the world famous 'Knowledge of London' assessed process  In order to streamline and speed up the process, LTPH have removed the requirement for applicants to attend an 'Initial Talk'. 

The initial talk
provided the applicant with a detailed explanation of what would be required of them in order to study the Knowledge of London.
Instead, with immediate effect, a Knowledge information pack will be sent to all applicants who have been accepted onto the Knowledge.  The pack will contain a Knowledge of London candidate's introductory booklet together with a covering letter the 'Blue Book' and a 'Guide to learning the Knowledge' DVD.
This will mean that applicants will no longer have to wait to attend an Initial Talk before commencing their studies. The new change will also represent better value for money for successful applicants whilst making more efficient use of
examiners' time.
Applicants will still be able to telephone the Knowledge of London team with any enquiries they may have.
John Mason, Director of London Taxi & Private Hire, said: "The Knowledge of
London examination is famous the world over and it is important for us to provide new applicants with as much information as possible when they embark on the journey to become a licensed London cabbie.
"Having been accepted onto the Knowledge, new students have historically waited some time for an "initial talk" before getting out on the street and learning the runs and points of interest they will need to commit to memory if they want to become a cabbie.
"Following a review of the current process, we feel that replacing the initial talk with an information pack is a much better system and will ensure that students have all the information they need to get cracking within days of being accepted.  This also enables us to free up even more examiners' time, as they had historically given the talk themselves.
"Any new students who have questions about the process or want advice or
guidance can still contact us and we will continue to do everything we can to assist and support them throughout the process".