London’s taxis will once again be providing a FREE taxi shuttle service for veterans going to and from the Cenotaph Service on 12 November 2017
This service offered by members of the taxi trade is extremely popular with veterans. Funded entirely by the drivers themselves, this is seen as a highlight of the taxi trade year when taxi drivers make a special effort to pay back part of the debt owed to the veterans old and young. Taxis are provided on a ‘turn up and go’ service between 08:00 and 10:00 from all London’s mainline stations plus Victoria Coach Station, Victory Services Club and Union Jack Club. Counts over recent years have shown that there are close to 1000 inbound taxi journeys in under 2 hours alone, demonstrating the knowledge and professionalism of London’s taxi drivers
Mindful of the terrorist attacks over the past year, and depending on security considerations on the day, it is intended that return journeys start from Westminster Bridge and Admiralty Arch where there are dedicated pick up areas. Marshals will be fully briefed on the day and will advise passengers accordingly if there are any changes. Subject to availability there will be vintage taxis also taking part in the event. Visitors may be able to sit inside the vintage taxis for photographs and may even be allowed to ride in them - we would ask for a donation to the British Legion funds. A number of dedicated taxis will be taking Chelsea Pensioners resplendent in their scarlet uniforms to Westminster Bridge to enable them to mark the eleventh hour – something that those who are not fully ambulant would not otherwise be able to do. All London taxis are wheelchair accessible, a feature much appreciated by many of those attending the service and parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. Drivers wishing to help can do so by turning up at any mainline station, Victoria Coach Station, Victory Services Club and Union Jack Club Further information contact Mike Hughes (preferably by SMS or e-mail) on 07973 430022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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