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TfL announces measures to ensure effective taxi service during the Games  

11/07/2012

Following months of extensive dialogue with taxi driver associations, including the Licensed Taxi Driver Association (LTDA), the London Cab Drivers Club (LCDC) and Unite, Transport for London (TfL) has announced that London’s licensed taxis will be able to access the dedicated Games lanes at the following key locations:
 
Park Lane – southbound – from Culcross St and South St.  

Grosvenor Place – northbound – between Wilton Street and Hyde Park Corner

Vauxhall Bridge Road – southbound – between Bloomberg Street and Causton Street

Vauxhall Bridge Road – northbound – between Drummond Gate and Rampayne Street

Gloucester Place – northbound – between Dorset Square and Rossmore Road
 
Through monthly Olympic liaison meetings between TfL, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and the taxi driver associations, a huge effort has been put in to addressing the concerns of the taxi trade regarding the Games and, in particular, the operation of the Olympic Route Network and its impact on taxis and taxi passengers.
 
Following this constructive and productive dialogue TfL has:
 
Enabled taxis to make important turns along the network which other road users are not permitted to make

Reviewed all planned restrictions on nearside (kerbside) Games Lanes and agreed to allow taxis to access a number of these

Agreed to open of the dedicated lanes to all traffic when possible using approximately 150 electronic variable message signs

Reduced to an absolute minimum the times the dedicated Games Lanes will be in operation
 
TfL has taken on board the concerns raised by the taxi driver associations with regards to access to the nearside Games Lane in Park Lane which, under the original proposals, could have prevented drivers from picking up or setting down passengers along a part of the network where there is likely to be significant demand for taxis.
 
John Mason, Director of London Taxi and Private Hire said “The Games Lanes were a stipulated requirement of the host city contract with the International Olympic Committee, and we have been working with the LTDA, LCDC and Unite to review the restrictions that prevented taxis entering Games Lanes and to make changes where possible and appropriate.  
 
“We know that some drivers feel very strongly that they should have full access to all Games Lanes but this simply isn’t possible.  We have worked hard to secure as many concessions as possible and have done everything we can to ensure that Games Lanes, that will be vital in getting athletes and officials to venues on time, are operating only when they have to.  I would like to thank the taxi driver associations for their understanding and patience and would ask all drivers to now join all Londoners’ in getting behind the games and making the most of the opportunities we are confident they will provide.”

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