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TfL working with The Shard to introduce taxi rank

Transport for London said it is working with the owners of The Shard to introduce a taxi rank outside the building as they expressed their disappointment that cab drivers went ahead with a protest.

Hundreds of cab drivers filled the streets near Europe's tallest building in protest at TfL.

Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport, said:

We are aware of the taxis trade’s desire to have a rank closer to The Shard and have recently reached an agreement with the owners of The Shard that will enable a single taxi to rank directly outside the building.

In addition a ‘taxi required’ light has been installed enabling The Shard’s concierge to signal taxi drivers on the nearby St Thomas Street rank to come forward and collect passengers.

In the longer term we are working to provide a full taxi rank, and are seeking to identify a suitable, safe location that is convenient for both taxi drivers and their passengers.

There is no need to stage a demonstration and doing so will only disrupt the travelling public, the very people that the taxi trade are supposed to serve.

Black cabs fill streets in protest over Shard taxi rank

London's taxi drivers converged on London Bridge today to protest against TfL's decision not to place a taxi rank outside the Shard.

Read: London's cab drivers protest at TfL over Shard

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London's taxi drivers to protest near Shard

The opening of a new hotel at the Shard today is to be marked by a protest by taxi drivers.

The cab section of the Unite union claim Transport for London is refusing to put a taxi rank near to the building's entrance on St Thomas Street.

The union claims Boris Johnson is not giving taxi services enough consideration as part of the capital's transport network.

TfL announces black taxi fares set for 'low' rise

Black taxi fares set to rise. Credit: PA

Black cab fares in the capital are going up and could rise again as early as next January.From April 5, London taxi fares will increase by an average of 0.7%, Transport for London (TfL) announced today.

TfL said the below-inflation increase was the lowest since it took responsibility for licensing taxis in 2000 and the rise equated to just 9p more on an average fare.

Taxi Driver Protest

Taxi drivers will converge on Trafalgar Square this morning in protest over planned tax hikes on biodiesel produced with used cooking oil.

The cab drivers claim the tax increase will force many of them to go back to fossil fuels - which will lead to an increase carbon emissions.

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