Black Cab Organisations and TfL (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3706
Question By: 
Len Duvall
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

On what basis can TfL justify the discussions at the meeting on June 22nd regarding installing a new Rank outside the Hotel Intercontinental in Greenwich  and allowing  the hotel shuttle bus to use the North Greenwich Station Rank. Do you not agree that this would be unfair competition to the licensed cabs that operate at the North Greenwich station rank? 

Answer

Answer for Black Cab Organisations and TfL (3)

Answer for Black Cab Organisations and TfL (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As I mentioned in my response to MQ 2017/3709, I welcome the proposed introduction of a rank and the trial of a call up system between the Intercontinental Hotel and the taxi rank at North Greenwich station. If the trial of the call up system is successful, TfL will look to roll it out to support the provision of taxis to other planned developments in the area, such as Enderby Wharf. This would help connect taxi customers with drivers and their vehicles quickly and easily, be beneficial to local businesses and increase work for the many local taxi drivers who work out of the rank at North Greenwich.

TfL has informed me that the proposed Intercontinental Hotel shuttle bus service would be based adjacent to the North Greenwich station rank, not on the rank. I also understand that many local drivers, when surveyed by the taxi-trade led Cab Ranks Committee, were broadly supportive of the proposals.