Well last night was one of the worst I have ever worked for traffic which caused customers to pay Taxi Fares that were more than they normally would have been. I found myself apologising when dropping passengers off for the traffic chaos and explained to them that it was caused by mismanagement of TfL, luckily all of my customers were understanding and stated that it wasn’t my fault.
Here is a small list of the roads that were affected last night:
Arundel Street Shut
Sherwood Street Shut
Poland Street Shut at the top end
Holborn Temp Lights
South Carriage Drive Shut
Torrington Place Shut
Cranbourne Street Traffic Lights not working properly
Farringdon Road Temp Lights
Paddington Station Temp Lights
Pancras Road lane out because machinery left in road!
Blackfriars Underpass Closed
Newgate Street Closed
Tower Bridge Closed
Tooley Street Closed
A102/Blackwall Tunnel 2 Lanes closed causing gridlock around the O2
Strand/Trafalgar Square 1 Lane Closed
Having roadworks on Trafalgar Square probably caused the most disruption to traffic and guess what? Yes you’ve guessed it, there was no one working there at all, its crazy that in a busy City such as London someone can come along and dig up a major thoroughfare and not complete the works on a busy weekend.
Maybe we as a trade should print out some receipts that state what the Taxi fare is and what it would have been if there had been no holdups caused by TfL, it could also have an address to send the complaint to and a covering letter! maybe that would make TfL get off their arses and actually coordinate these roadworks and insist that works are completed within a given time frame.