After the meeting last week with the Corporation Of London / TFL / LTPH /City Of London Police, the LCDC put forward several proposals to resolve the ongoing problems in the City.
We asked for the taxi rank at Abacus to be extended to hold 6 taxis which would take us to the front door. Also we informed them that the LCDC would be using our own taxi security marshals ( ie: Nobu) to assist the drivers and public alike.
Unfortunately, today we have recieved their reply from Helen Chapman.
Therefore they have left us with no other choice than to hold our demonstration. I look forward to seeing you all there:
As discussed, there are several reasons why the Corporation feel they are unable to relocate the rank to directly outside Abacus on Cornhill. These include the fact that it is on the route of the number 25 ‘bendy-bus’ and it is a priority route for oversize vehicles. Also, the traffic island has been located at a place convenient to meet the needs of pedestrians crossing Cornhill.
However, Joe has confirmed that he will the Cab Ranks Committee so that he can handle concerns and queries personally regarding this matter.
On a separate note, as I am sure you are aware, our position on demonstrations is that they are completely unnecessary and cause significant, unnecessary disruption to London’s transport network and the public in general. We would encourage you and other driver associations not to take such action and continue to engage with TfL and other relevant bodies in productive and meaningful discussions.