Provision of additional taxi ranks in the London borough of Bexley

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-12-18
Session date: 
December 18, 2013
Reference: 
2013/4729
Question By: 
James Cleverly
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Whilst all other outer London boroughs have a provision of 3 or more taxi ranks, many of which are located at or very close to mainline railway stations, according to the list of TfL Appointed Taxi Ranks updated on 4 September 2013 there is only 1 taxi rank with space for 2 vehicles in the London Borough of Bexley, and that is located on Townley Road, Bexleyheath, some distance from the railway station.  Will the Mayor ask TfL to undertake a feasibility study on the provision of a further taxi rank in the London Borough of Bexley, ideally close to one of the railway stations which serve the borough in order to assist suburban taxi drivers to ply their trade and members of the public to use their services?

Answer

Answer for Provision of additional taxi ranks in the London borough of Bexley

Answer for Provision of additional taxi ranks in the London borough of Bexley

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Taxi ranks are an essential part of London's transport network, providing a dedicated space where the public can safely access taxi services.

TfL's Taxi Ranks team work continuously to try and find locations for new taxi ranks in all boroughs. However we need the local borough's support as London's boroughs are responsible for the vast majority of roads in the capital. Because multiple stakeholders need to be involved, including  Network Rail when the proposed location is on their property, it isn't a quick process to appoint a new taxi rank and unfortunately isn't always possible.

Of course it is important to try and support suburban taxi drivers and ensure that the public can safely and easily access taxi services. I will ask TfL to examine whether a new taxi rank can be created near Bexleyheath Station.