Lewisham station parking making cab drivers lives 'impossible'

Lewisham station parking making cab drivers lives 'impossible'

An hour of confused passengers, taxis driving endlessly around the station and frustrated bus drivers beeping their horns.

An hour of confused passengers, taxis driving endlessly around the station and frustrated bus drivers beeping their horns.

First published in Traffic & Travel News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

ANGRY cabbies are fuming about the parking enforcements at Lewisham station which they say are making life impossible.

Black cabs were once allowed up to the station entrance but for several years have had to make do with a rank for 10 cabs down by the DLR.

With so many taxis at the station, many drivers have ignored these regulations and stopped elsewhere.

All was well up until this month, when drivers parking outside the designated spaces started getting hit with fines.

Graham Lynch, a taxi driver for 30 years, said: "We've been there for five years and they've left us alone. Now they say we can't park there anytime."

Last week on February 23 during evening rush hour, black cab drivers worked to rule in a bid to demonstrate the chaos that the lack of spaces has created.

What followed was an hour of confused passengers, taxis driving endlessly around the station and frustrated bus drivers beeping their horns.

A spokesman for the cabbies said more problems were caused by regulations stating disabled people had to cross to the other side of the road in order to be picked up, creating a safety risk.

He said: "They're saying we can only have 10 spaces for taxis but we need 40 to 60. It's totally impossible for us to work under these conditions.

"We're all doing our best to serve the public but this is making it very hard, especially for disabled people."

He added: "We've approached everybody about it and nobody's done anything."

A spokesman for Transport for London said talks were ongoing between drivers and the Southeastern rail company.

He said: "It's something we're aware of. We have met with the cab drivers and are trying to resolve the situation.

"There are due to be further talks next month."

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