Rank updates for bank holiday weekend


Rank News

Victoria Park Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26 May 2013
Two new taxi ranks have been appointed in Victoria Park to serve events in the park.

The new taxi ranks are at:
– Old Ford Road, the rank is on the northern side of Old Ford Road and in the parking bays to the west of Grove Road . There will be signage at the head of the rank which will be in the 7th parking bay behind the car club bays (i.e. the 9th bay from the Crown Gate West park entrance/Grove Road) – access will be via Sewardstone Road

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– Royal West Gate, opposite The Royal Inn on the Park pub – access will be via Lauriston Road
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The dates when the ranks will operate will be agreed with Tower Hamlets and this will only be during certain events in Victoria Park. The ranks will initially operate on a trial basis and will be closely monitored to determine if they are successful and can be used for future events.

Saturday 25 May 2013
The first event in the park is the Field Day festival on Saturday 25 May, for this event only the Royal West Gate taxi rank will operate. The rank will be operational from 21:00 and the event is due to finish at 23:00. The rank in Old Ford Road will not operate so drivers should not try to use this as they will not be allowed past the road closures.

Sunday 26 May 2013
The second event is the As One in the Park festival on Sunday 26 May, for this event both the Royal West Gate and the Old Ford Road ranks will be operational from 21:00. This event is due to finish at 22:30 and there is expected to be a high demand for taxis.

When operational the taxi ranks will be marshalled and drivers must follow the instructions of the marshals. There will be road closures in place but stewards will allow taxis to access the ranks.

These ranks are initially being appointed as ‘normal’ taxi ranks and not as island ranks – this means that only All London taxi drivers can use them. Officers from TfL will be monitoring both taxi ranks during the first two events to determine how well these are being served and if there are any problems.

As the ranks are initially operating on a trial basis it is vital that drivers do not do anything that causes a disturbance to residents or jeopardises the ranks being appointed on a permanent basis.

We Are FSTVL – Saturday 25 May 2013

On Saturday 25 May 2013 We Are FSTVL takes place at Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Aveley Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2TN.
The festival is between 11:00am and 02:30am and will be attended by 15,000 people.

The estimated schedule for the event is as follows:
– From 10:00 Saturday 25 May – people begin to arrive at Upminster Station for the festival
– 10:00-15:00 – the taxi rank at Upminster Station will be marshalled
– 11:00 – the festival opens
– From 21:00 – people begin leave the festival
– 02:00 – festival bars close
– 02:30 – festival ends
– 04:00 – expected time the site will be clear

At the festival site there will be a designated drop-off area plus a taxi rank and this will be marshalled from 10:00 on Saturday morning until the festival ends on Sunday morning. The drop-off area and taxi rank will be accessible from Warwick Lane.

At the end of the festival there are a number of after parties at different clubs and so it is expected that people will want use taxis to get from the festival to one of the parties.

The festival organisers have been asking people how they intend to get home from the festival and 48% have indicated that they intend to use a taxi. Taxis will be an essential form of transport for people going to and from the event, so we hope that the local drivers plus All London drivers will use the station taxi rank and the taxi rank on the festival site.

Attached is the information prepared by the organisers for taxi drivers and more information about the event can be found on the We Are FVSTL website http://www.wearefstvl.com/

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