TfL win streetspace appeal against Black Cabs

Transport for London have won an appeal this afternoon which stated that Streetscape plans in parts of London were unlawful.

The judges decision can be seen on this video around the two hour and eight minute mark.

It overturned a decision made by Mrs Justice Beverley Lang in January that stated TfL “took advantage of the pandemic” with bus only routes in Bishopsgate.

Bus capacity restrictions

During hearings yesterday and today, TfL argued that blocking taxis was necessary for bus passengers.

The ruling in January also stated that interim guidance to boroughs was unlawful.

Future

TfL stated the Bishopsgate scheme was only to remain while social distancing measures are in place. If they’d lost on other matters, Streetspace measures in London may have been removed.

Charlton temporary cycle lane

Arguments have raged around Low Traffic neighbourhoods. It wasn’t so much that they do much that is new, as Low Traffic neighbourhood have been around for decades, but how they were introduced.

Buses last spring when capacity was greatly limited

Today’s ruling appears to support TfL’s claim that they needed emergency measures without the usual consultation due to unique circumstances.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association and United Trade Action Group can now appeal to the Supreme Court.

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John Smith

I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

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