Firstly the MM would like to thank TFL Ranks & Highways for their hard work and support over the last 18 months.
Islington Council are raising an experimental traffic order after agreeing to rank time changes. The new rank plate should be in place soon. The MM would like to thank Smithfield Tennants’ Association for their help in getting the consultation over the line.
TFL are currently trialling a rank here on Friday and Saturday nights supported by trade marshals. Although this needs a permanent rank for every night, this is a step in the right direction. The MM have submitted plans to TFL for a permanent rank and also have other options if this plan is rejected.
Plans have been submitted to TFL to move 2 rank spaces from the top of Philpot Lane to outside Sky Garden at the bottom.
Plans have been submitted to TFL for a 2 space taxi rank outside this venue.
Plans have been submitted to TFL for a rank on Berkeley Square just up from the entrance. The MM understands that the LCRC have also requested a rank here in Bruton Lane. We feel that our plan would serve this venue better and produce more work but will support any rank gained at this venue by the trade.
We have submitted rank plans to TFL for a rank at this venue. The venue is due to open this Autumn in Soho Square. We have also entered into dialogue with the owners of this venue.
Plans have been submitted to TFL for a 3 space rank in Villiers Street.
We have requested a two space rank outside the Arts Club.
This will provide the club with a service as the new Novikov extension is expected to require existing rank space.
We are in contact with various councils pushing for the appointment of new ranks, and the upkeep of existing ranks
We are also working on other projects which will benefit the trade immensely once completed. We will update the trade when we are able to.
We are working with the UCG and RMT on various ranks and highways projects and hope to achieve more positive results for the trade through this collaboration.
We would like to thank all drivers that are currently working the ranks. TFL’s biggest hurdle is taxis parked on working ranks as councils will reject rank requests whilst this is happening. Please use common sense if you need to leave a cab on a working rank in case of emergencies by not leaving it on point.
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