Balham Station Taxi Rank

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3647
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

A constituent has raised with me the issue of re-locating the Taxi Rank near Balham Station, in Balham Station Road. Currently, the front of the rank is very close to the station frontage and diesel fumes are trapped under the canopy, making a dirty environment as passengers exit from the stations. Would the Mayor ask TfL to consider moving the rank further away from the station canopy, by approximately 10 metres, and moving the 255 bus stand behind the rank to accommodate this adjustment?

Answer

Answer for Balham Station Taxi Rank

Answer for Balham Station Taxi Rank

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has looked into this and concluded that moving the rank away from the station entrance will create further issues, notably around accessibility for pushchairs and wheelchair users. Moving the rank and bus stand will also cause an increase in traffic congestion and adversely affect bus passenger times.

However, I fully understand the concerns you have raised about air quality and agree it's important they are tackled. In light of this, TfL will be introducing new signage at the taxi rank to remind taxi drivers to switch off their engines when idle.  TfL's compliance team will regularly patrol this location in order to tackle this issue.

Through the introduction of ZEC taxis, taxi emissions at this location will be expected to decrease through the greater uptake of ZEC vehicles.