Games transport ‘hotspot’ information released to ensure London is ‘open for business’ in 2012

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TFL PRESS RELEASE

London’s businesses and organisations, including John Lewis Partnership, Boots, Sainsbury’s, Canary Wharf Group and the Evening Standard have welcomed Transport for London’s (TfL) release of London 2012 Games transport ‘hotspot’ information and advice, which will enable businesses to finalise their plans and ensure the Capital is ‘open for business’ throughout next summer’s fantastic spectacle of sporting and cultural events.

Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a huge logistical challenge, similar in scale to hosting the FA Cup Final, Wimbledon, concerts across the Capital and the London Marathon all on the same day, every day, but over several weeks. Events will be taking place right across London and the UK, with central London particularly busy as it effectively becomes a massive sporting and cultural events venue.

In response to requests from business for more detailed information, TfL has now published very detailed transport ‘hotspot’ information covering London’s roads and public transport network. This demonstrates that, rather than requiring a blanket reduction in travel by 30 per cent across London as a whole, the transport challenge is focused at certain times and in certain locations, generally in central London and around Games venues.

Around 70 per cent of Greater London’s road traffic will be unaffected and two thirds of Tube and DLR stations will see no impact, in terms of additional time taken to board a train. However, on the busiest days, there will an additional three million journeys in London as people watch the Games and attend cultural events, meaning the road and public transport networks will be much busier than usual in certain locations.

London 2012 and TfL have been working with businesses for over a year, to enable them to plan ahead and from early next year will begin to communicate directly with the public across London and the UK.

The road and Tube station ‘hotspot’ maps and accompanying travel advice are based on the latest data and information on which TfL is developing its own operational transport plans.

On the roads, the maps show the impact for each day of the Games and on the days immediately preceding. Alongside the road ‘hotspot’ maps, TfL has developed an online road journey planning tool, available at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/2012, which shows the additional journey time for those road journeys that really must be undertaken at the busiest times and in the busiest locations, such as the delivery of perishable goods.

On the Tube and DLR, detailed station descriptions have been produced, showing the impact at 30 of the affected stations, day-by-day and at half-hour intervals. They show the impact at stations if nothing was done to manage the demand from Games spectators and regular customers, taking into account seasonal demand patterns.

Importantly, they also show how the impact is alleviated when an anticipated reduction of 20 per cent in the total number of journeys is achieved as a result of changed travel patterns at these times and locations. This reduction is based on work undertaken by TfL and London 2012 in consultation with businesses, who already expect and have planned that some staff will not travel at these times and locations as they will be working at another location, working from home, taking holiday – perhaps to attend the Games as a spectator – or working longer hours, but fewer days in each week.

For many station ‘hotspots’, this reduction in journeys significantly addresses the impact of the Games, other than on particularly busy days and times. For a few stations, a significant challenge remains and TfL is continuing to work with local employers to ensure they understand the impacts, can plan ahead and, working together, we can further mitigate the impacts at these stations.

At such locations, options remain to ‘retime, reroute or remode’ journeys, which is what businesses can now plan to do with the ‘hotspot’ information released today. Travel advice accompanying each station ‘grid’ provides all the local alternative travel options, such as walking and cycling routes, bus routes and alternative Tube and rail stations.

If you have any questions regarding this please contact us by emailing tph.enquiries@tfl.gov.uk.

New, more efficient, CRB process for Taxi Drivers

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TFL PRESS RELEASE

A new, more efficient, procedure is being introduced for CRB application forms to reduce the processing time for London Taxi and Private Hire driver licensing applications.

From the end of November the umbrella body for the Criminal Records Bureau, TMG CRB, who are established experts in this field will process CRB checks for taxi and private hire applicants on behalf of Transport for London.

As part of the change TMG CRB will offer all drivers the option to complete the CRB application online. However, the traditional method of completing a paper application form will still be available if preferred.

TMG CRB will also provide a dedicated administration team to handle all queries and issues regarding CRB applications. Guidance regarding the forms and further information will be included in the licensing application packs and will also be available on the TMG CRB website. There will be an administration cost of £13.00 for a paper application or £11 for an online application inclusive of VAT.

London Taxi and Private Hire will continue to hold the decision making powers on all licensing applications.

Helen Chapman, Deputy Director of Taxi and Private Hire, said: “I am very pleased to announce a new process for carrying out CRB checks for applicants and I hope that applicants will quickly reap the rewards of a quicker, more efficient application process.”

TOWER BRIDGE WEEKEND CLOSURE

Tower Bridge will be closed to traffic from 23:00 on Friday 25 November until 05:00 Monday 28 November 2011 to allow scaffolding to be erected so the lighting on the bridge can be replaced.

During the weekend closure, traffic and cyclists will be diverted via Rotherhithe Tunnel and Southwark Bridge. However, pedestrians will still be able to use the footways across the bridge during the weekend. After the weekend, contractors will continue to install the new lighting without the need for carriageway restrictions.

In order to further minimise disruption, TfL will be carrying out work to the carriageway on Tower Bridge and its approaches during the weekend. This will include detailed inspections of the condition of the carriageway, as well as CCTV surveys of the drainage on the bridge and approaches. This work was originally planned to take place during the Christmas period but by rescheduling it to coincide with these works, fewer road closures will be required.

A further bridge closure is planned for the weekend of 16-19 December to remove scaffolding. During this closure TfL will take the opportunity to begin the carriageway resurfacing works on the Tower Bridge Road originally planned to take place next year, as well as encourage utility companies to take advantage of the road closure to carry out any planned works.  The remaining work will be carried out overnight during the Christmas period.

Addison Lee Aquires Lewis Day

London minicabs giant Addison Lee today bought the passenger cars division of rival Lewis Day, which makes revenues of £18 million a year.

The Evening Standard has learnt the deal, set to complete in two weeks, sees Lewis Day being split up. Its founder, South African Hilton Lewis, sold the company’s courier division to rival
Citysprint and the passenger business to Addison Lee. The transport firm’s total revenues last year were £34 million and it employs 350 staff for its fleet of over 1800 vehicles and 17 offices.
Lewis still owns 70% of the business with his management team owning the rest. Addison Lee would not reveal the value of the deal, but said it would add 10% to its annual turnover of £123 million. Managing director Liam Griffin dismissed any competition implications, saying: “There are 54,000 private-hire operators and 20,000 black cabs in London. We only have 3500 of those

Who Signed the Original Agreement Ken?

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London’s 25,000 back cab drivers should be allowed to use the “Zil lanes” reserved for official Olympic traffic, Ken Livingstone said today.

Labour’s mayoral candidate called on Mayor Boris Johnson to reconsider the ban on cabbies using the priority lanes which form a third of the
106-mile 2012 Olympic network.

Mr Livingstone, who will go head-to-head with Mr Johnson in the election six weeks before the Games, said the Tory Mayor “should act now to avoid months of gridlock and millions in lost revenue next summer”.

Taxi drivers have asked the mayor for permission to charge 20 per cent extra for working during the Games.

Taken from the evening standard online 16/11/11

London Cab Drivers Club says NO to Olympic fare increase

Below is the statement which the LCDC issued to the media on Friday regarding the proposed Olympic fare increase after reading the Evening Standard.

My name is Grant Davis and I am Chairman of the London Cab Drivers Club.
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We attend meetings with TFL / Mayor Johnson / GLA / Met Police /TPH.

Recently we attended a meeting to discuss the upcoming yearly tarriff increase
which is due next April 2012.
At the end of this meeting John Mason ( Director LTPH ) asked if there was any other business?
Bob Oddy and Richard Massett of the LTDA then stated that they would be asking Boris Johnson
for a fare increase at the upcoming Olympics.
Mr Mason said that he would put this forward to the Mayor, I immediately intervened and told
Mr Mason, in no uncertain terms that we at the LCDC were totally against the idea.
This was duly noted by Mr Mason, and not only that, in both the October and November issue of our
newspaper the “Badge” I wrote in my editorial that we would be seen as greedy oppotunists, and
seriously damage the reputation of the Worlds best taxi service.
Yours Sincerely
Grant Davis
Chairman LCDC

More Evidence of Negligence by STaN ?

A private hire cab driver was ordered to pay out more than £2,000 by Milton Keynes Magistrates Court on Tuesday, October 18, after being found guilty of picking up passengers without a pre-booked appointment.

Kamran Tahir, 26, of Flint Close, Luton, was found guilty in his absence of plying for hire – private hire vehicles can only pick up passengers by prior appointment – an act which also invalidated his car insurance.

Magistrates found him guilty in his absence and fined him £300 for plying for hire, £525 for driving without valid insurance adding six penalty points to his driving licence, and awarded costs of £1621.27 to Milton Keynes Council.

The court heard how on September 5 last year at just before 1am enforcement officers for Milton Keynes Council witnessed Mr Tahir pick up passengers from the Theatre District in central Milton Keynes.

The vehicle was displaying Speedline door signs and plate number 219 issued by South Northants Council.

A printout was obtained from Speedline for plate number 219, Kamran Tahir, which revealed he had no jobs allocated for the Theatre District at the relevant time.

Alan Broomfield, taxi licensing enforcement officer for MKC, said: “This sort of enforcement is ongoing so as to minimise the risks to the public safety when using private hire and hackney vehicles.”

When The London Cab Drivers Club expressed our concerns about Mini-Cabs ranking up and plying for hire in the capital to John Mason Director of London Taxi and Private Hire (LTPH),he informed us that ” our enforcement officers have no legal authority to make an arrest of a private hire driver for ranking up and plying for hire in the capital and it was the failing of Safer Transport Command (STC) for not enforcing these laws”.

But in light of the Milton Keyes case does this give us more evidence of negligence on behalf (STC),(LTPH) and the City of London Police (CoLP) and Transport for London (TFL) all of which are in joint partnership together in the Safer Travel at Night Initiative (STaN), Guilty of failing in their Duty of Care to Protect the Travelling Public in the Capital.

If any Victim of Rape or Sexual assault was attacked as a direct result by a Private Hire Driver that was illegal Ranking up or Plying for Hire outside a late night venue that as been licensed by London Taxi and Private Hire (LT&PH) to Operate a Minicab Booking Centre from inside that venue would leave them open to a Legal challenge of Negligence, for failing in their Duty of Care to protect the travelling Public and not enforcing the law

Also If any victim of rape or sexual assault that was attacked as a direct result by a private hire driver that was illegal ranking up and plying for hire in London could bring a case against Safer Transport Command(STC),and the City of London Police(CoLP) for failing in their Duty of Care to protect the travelling public for not making one single arrest of a Private Hire Driver under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 for Ranking up and Plying for Hire in London in what we belive could stretch back 10 or more years.

The Legal Definition of Negligence.

Conduct that falls below the standards of behavior established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm. A person has acted negligently if he or she has departed from the conduct expected of a reasonably prudent person acting under similar circumstances.

NOW THE BLAME GAMES BEGIN ..

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