The London Mayor Sadiq Khan has released the reasons behind the controversial proposals to ban taxis from travelling eastbound on Tooley Street.
The continuing and hotly debated dispute centres around Transport for London restricting access to taxis along the south London thoroughfare whilst allowing Buses and cycles free access. Traditionally, where buses have had access, taxis have also been allowed, however the latest proposed restriction has become a catalyst for furious cabbies to say "enough is enough." As a result, pressure group, the Independent Taxi Alliance (ITA) called for a series of demonstrations in the area in November 2018. Conservative Assembly Member Andrew Boff asked the mayor: “What is the reasoning behind the proposals to allow buses to travel east on Duke Street Hill and Tooley Street but not Taxis?” The London mayor responded by saying “My Transport Strategy sets out my intention that 80 per cent of journeys in London will be made through walking, cycling or by public transport by 2041. The Tooley Street proposals were designed to support this aim by encouraging Londoners to utilise these modes of travel. “There are six eastbound bus routes that use Tooley Street, two of which operate at night time only, providing a high level of bus service within this corridor. By reducing overall traffic volumes, the proposals were developed to provide more reliable bus journeys, while also creating a safer and more comfortable environment for those walking and cycling in the area. In developing the proposals, TfL considered the alternative eastbound taxi routes to the station via the taxi ranks on St Thomas Street and London Bridge Street. “Transport for London recently consulted on the proposals and will of course take the responses into account before coming to a decision.”