Crushing blow to taxi industry as TfL Streetspace appeal granted

TfL (Transport for London) has seen its appeal granted against a High Court judgment spearheaded by the capital’s taxi industry over its street access.

 

The result of the appeal relates to the High Court judgment delivered on 21stJanuary which challenged TfL and the mayor’s Plan, associated Guidance issued throughout London Boroughs and the order concerns a very specific Streetspace scheme, the A10 Bishopsgate Corridor, which will remove taxi access to a critical arterial route.

 

The Court went on to give more detail that the Boroughs and the A10 Bishopsgate Traffic OrderInterim Guidanceis to be quashed, however TfL were given the right to appeal the decision, which they then went on to win.

 

The appeal result is seen a major blow to taxi trade bodies United Trade Action Group (UTAG) and the LTDA (Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association) who brought the claim against TfL and also to the taxi service near me industry as a whole.

 

The Court of Appeal’s written judgment document is still to be seen, however UTAG, LTDA and legal representatives are set to liaise over the chances of overturning this decision, if it were to be taken to the Supreme Court.

 

Sadiq Khan offered his comments on today’s result: “This decision by the Court of Appeals on the scheme at Bishopsgate is againstall our policies. Our Streetspace schemes are considered world-leading and help to protect the health of all Londoners, and this rulingfurther reinforces my absolute determination to make London a safer and easier place to walk and cycle, and also to help ensure a sustainable and green recovery from the pandemic.

 

“The rulingissued by the judge, along with the Londoners votes on May 6th, is a twin mandate that allows us to continue further with our bold measures. Our proposed changes to Bishopsgate make it safer for walkers and cyclists.

 

“Recent datasupplied byTfLclearly detailsthis success, with well over 700 bikes per hour passing through the area in peak times – that’s more than 11 bikes per minute.

 

“Bishopsgate is a long-term sufferer with a poor safety record and far too slow bus speeds, and the temporary changes allow for safer trips by improving the traffic flow and helping to reduce the danger for vulnerable road users. I hope councils work with me to make sure we push for a green recovery all across our city, delivering much needed policies that address the climate change and air quality crisis.”

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