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Crossrail opening could see Heathrow taxi journeys FALL until ‘initial novelty wears off’

The opening of the new Elizabeth Line could see the number of taxi journeys from Heathrow FALL until the ‘initial novelty wears off’ warns taxi trade representative.

Sections of the Elizabeth Line are set to open in the first half of 2022. The new railway aims to reduce journey times and create additional transport capacity. New stations and travel links connected to the Elizabeth Line will stretch across London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Essex.

According to the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA), demand for taxi services at Heathrow is currently high since coronavirus restrictions were eased. The opening of Crossrail could however have a short-term impact on the London taxi trade.

Sam Houston, LTDA Senior Rep, wrote in TAXI Newspaper: “Business has continued to be strong at the airport, and war or economic uncertainty aside, there’s no reason not to expect a busy year. One potential fly in the ointment is Crossrail, which finally seems about ready to open – bosses have apparently said it will be running before the end of June. At first glance, looking at the stations it serves, I think once the initial novelty wears off it’s just another train – many people will still opt for a cab. That said, I expect a big publicity push from the usual suspects, so business is likely to be affected in the short term.

“Finally on Heathrow, HAL have agreed once more to exempt jobs between terminals from the Terminal Drop-off Charge (TDOC). The TDOC comes into force for Taxis from 30th April 2022 at the same time as the 2022 Tariff update. You will be charged £5.00 for every drop at a terminal, with £5.20 allowable on the meter as an extra. Drivers are strongly advised to set up an account, to do this type ‘Heathrow terminal drop off charge’ into your search engine.”


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