Temporary changes to London Bridge Station Taxi Rank
Work on a dramatic facelift of London Bridge bus station began at the end of last year. The next phase of the works is to remove the current canopy roof over the bus station. This work will be carried out over four weekend closures of the bus station in March, which in turn will close the taxi rank at the station.
During this time the rank will be temporarily relocated to the rank on Duke Street Hill/Tooley Street (no 5471). This will be fed from the rank opposite More London in a bay on the south side of Tooley Street (no 5652).
To help ensure there is an accessible taxi service for travellers in the area there will be increases in capacity at the existing ranks. The Duke Street Hill/Tooley Street rank will be enlarged from one to three taxis and the surrounding loading bay will be suspended during the weekend closures.
The rank opposite More London will be increased from four to ten taxis and the loading bay there will also be suspended. These steps will provide capacity for a total of thirteen cabs.
Taxi marshals will be employed to help passengers, to control taxi queues, and to call taxis up from the feeder rank to the head rank. This will offer a safe, well regulated environment to both passengers and taxi drivers.
Network Rail will also be carrying out works of shorter duration at London Bridge Station during three Sundays in February from Sunday 13 February. These will close access to the bus station and taxi rank from Borough High Street. During these closures, taxi drivers are encouraged to utilise the Tooley Street rank and to pick up/set down in surrounding streets.
The new look bus station, set to open in May 2012, will have more space for buses and taxis, improved waiting facilities and an improved road layout to ease congestion.
This week sees the introduction of two new No Left Turns .
The first one is Marchmont St into Cartwright gardens
The Marchmont Street junction with Tavistock Place is a busy junction in a vibrant shopping area.
It lies on one of the key pedestrian routes between Kings Cross / St. Pancras International stations and the heart of Bloomsbury and is used by high numbers of tourists, commuters, visitors and residents.
A two-way segregated cycle lane which runs through the junction along the north side of Tavistock Place is also regularly used by a large number of cyclists.The existing layout at the junction is complicated and confusing for many users;these problems will increase during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, when it’s likely that significantly more people will visit or pass through the area.
In response to concerns raised about this junction, we are proposing to simplify and improve it for all users, particularly for pedestrians.
And the second one is Orchard St into Oxford St which as probably been put into place to coincide with tho Oxford st closures
Taxi fares to increase by 2.7 per cent to meet higher running costs
* Below inflation increase strikes balance between keeping taxi fares affordable and helping drivers to meet rising costs
Transport for London’s (TfL) Board has noted a below inflation average taxi fare increase of 2.7 per cent for the 2011/12 financial year.
The new fares aim to find a balance between maintaining income levels for drivers, who face disproportionately high work-related costs compared to other Londoners, while ensuring passengers still get a fair price for the high quality and unique service provided by the capital’s taxi drivers.
The Board noted the new fares following consultation by TfL with the taxi trade and others, including London TravelWatch and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The increase is calculated according to a long established formula. This year fuel prices and operating costs have increased, raising the costs associated with driving a taxi.
John Mason, Director of Taxi and Private Hire at Transport for London, said: “The annual taxi fare revision takes into account a range of components that make up taxi drivers’ running costs including vehicle costs, parts, fuel and insurance. This year’s moderate increase continues to seek to cover increases in the cost of running a London taxi whilst providing passengers with value for money for the journeys made in London’s world famous black cabs”.
Taxi fares are reviewed annually and calculated by TfL based on a cost index that has been used since 1981. The new fares will come into effect from 2 April 2011.
The 2.7 per cent fare increase for the next financial year takes into account a number of factors including a 12 per cent increase in fuel costs and a 2 per cent increase in average national earnings.