Black Cab drivers believe night tube could save trade in Redbridge
PUBLISHED: 15:57 12 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:18 14 April 2016
Black cab drivers believe the arrival of the night tube could help save the iconic London trade.
Andy Kavanagh, chairman of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) suburban section, represents thousands of drivers.
He said 24-hour tubes will help cabbies capitalise on the night time economy rather than miss out on a slice of it.
“I’m working with Transport for London (TfL) interchange team and we are looking at ranks in Redbridge to be ready for the night tube and Crossrail,” he said.
“I think it will be one of the greatest things to happen and it has the potential to generate a lot more work.
“People will get off the tube and there waiting for them will be one of our little black cabs.”
Although a number of taxi ranks have been identified at sites such as Fairlop and Wanstead tube stations, the council has not officially given assent.
“The council have to physically mark out the bays and Redbridge have been a bit reluctant,” he added.
A spokesman for Redbridge Council said the council already had plans to introduce additional taxi bays to serve Gants Hill, Woodford, South Woodford and Hainault stations in time for the start of the night tube service.
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