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London Taxi and Private Hire – Taxi ranks update

09/11/2013

Below is the latest taxi ranks update to help keep you informed. Follow the links provided for more information.

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Garden Bridge consultation clip_image002

A consultation on a new Garden Bridge for London has recently been launched.

The Garden Bridge will be a new public garden planted on a bridge that links the South Bank to Temple station and the Strand.

The Garden Bridge Trust is a new charity, established to promote and seek funding to build and maintain a new footbridge spanning the Thames linking South Bank to Temple and they want to hear your views on this. 

The Garden Bridge would potentially affect the Temple Place taxi refreshment shelter, the rank for this shelter and the routes around the area so it is important that you read the consultation and submit any comments you have. 

Further details about the proposal are available on the TfL Consultation Hub here, a Q&A document about the new bridge is available here and a map showing the proposed location of the new bridge is available here.

Roadshows

Roadshows about the Garden Bridge are being held in November and staff involved in the Garden Bridge project will be available to answer any questions you might have.  These dates and times of the roadshows are:

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

– East Wing, Friday 15 November, 12.00 – 19.00

– East Wing, Saturday 16 November, 10.00 – 16.00

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH

– Doreen Ramsay Room, Thursday 21 November, 12.00 – 19.00

– Neighbourhood Room, Saturday 23 November, 10.00 – 16.00

How to respond

You can let The Garden Trust know your views by completing the online form here. Comments must be submitted by Wednesday 20 December 2013.

New rest rank – Montpelier Street

The taxi rank in Montpelier Street has now been converted into a rest rank for taxi drivers. The rest rank will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be for up to three taxis.

Taxi drivers can stop on the rest rank for up to 60 minutes. 

clip_image003Waterloo Station

Taxi drivers using the rank at Waterloo Station must not obstruct or block the entrance to Station approach Road as this prevents buses reaching the station and delays other road users.

Marylebone Station

There are ongoing works in Harewood Avenue resulting in the northbound lane being closed between Hayes Place and Harewood Row but the southbound lane is still open and the taxi rank is still working as normal.

The works are expected to finish by the end of March 2014 and following this the road will be reopened. 

Upper Richmond Road taxi rank

Upper Richmond Road will be closed between Putney Hill and West Hill on Saturday 16 November and Sunday 17 November 2013. Local access will be permitted including for taxi drivers to use the taxi rank during the road closure.

Bressenden Place – taxi drop offs

Please don’t forget that if you are dropping off passengers for Eland House, Portland House or other buildings in the area please do not stop next to or just in front of the lorry holding area on Bressenden Place.

A dedicated taxi drop-off space has been provided on Bressenden Place, before the lorry holding area.

Events and road closures

You can find information about major public events and works in London that involve road closures and could therefore disrupt traffic on the TfL website here.

Upcoming events include:

Saturday 9 November 2013, The Lord Mayor’s Show and fireworks display takes place in the City of London. A route map and full details about the event can be found here.

Saturday 9 November 2013, is the Regent Street Christmas Lights switch-on, with Regent Street closed from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus between 07:00 and 23:59

Sunday 10 November 2013, is Remembrance Sunday. Whitehall and Parliamentclip_image004 Street will be closed from 06:00 and further streets in the area will be closed from 08:00. Streets will reopen in the afternoon following the conclusion of the Service at the Cenotaph. 

Tuesday 12 November 2013, is the Oxford Street Christmas Lights switch-on. Between 15:00 and 20:00 Oxford Street will be closed westbound from Oxford Circus to Portman Street and Eastbound from Portman Street to Vere Street. This includes closing Orchard Street and Duke Street.

– There are various events at Alexandra Palace and two taxi ranks – one near the main entrance to the Palm Court bar for smaller events and one in the east car park for larger events such as concerts. Information about upcoming events is available here.

– Find out what’s on at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the venues in the park by clicking here

Live traffic news and disruptions taking place on London’s major roads can also be found on the TfL website here.

You can find information about street works, road closures and events in the City of London here.

Consultations

Open consultations currently include:

Morden Station planning brief

LB Merton are consulting on a planning brief for the Morden area. The consultation document can be found here and the closing date is 11 November 2013.

Taxi fares consultation

The annual taxi fares consultation is currently taking place, the consultation document can be found here and the closing date is Wednesday 20 November 2013.

Upper Thames Street

Proposals to improve safety at the junctions of Upper Thames Street with Queen Street Place and Bell Wharf Lane have been developed and you can view these here. The closing date for commenting on the proposals is 22 November 2013.

A20 Sidcup Road improvements

Improvements to the A20 Sidcup Road junction with Green Lane and Southwood Road (Fiveways) are being proposed. The proposals can be found here and the closing date for commenting on these is 29 November 2013.

More consultations can be found on the TfL Consultation Hub and on the London boroughs’ own websites. 

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