Search

Black Cab drivers believe night tube could save trade in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 15:57 12 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:18 14 April 2016

Taxi Driver and Chair of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Andy Kavanagh pictured with his cab in Ilford

Taxi Driver and Chair of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Andy Kavanagh pictured with his cab in Ilford

Archant

Black cab drivers believe the arrival of the night tube could help save the iconic London trade.

Taxi Driver and Chair of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Andy Kavanagh pictured with his cab in IlfordTaxi Driver and Chair of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Andy Kavanagh pictured with his cab in Ilford

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.

Taxi Driver and Chair of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Andy Kavanagh pictured with his cab in IlfordTaxi Driver and Chair of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Andy Kavanagh pictured with his cab in Ilford

“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.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ilford Recorder