London Black cab drivers formed a blockade on London Bridge which created traffic chaos during Tuesday’s rush hour in protest against a TfL scheme which would ban them from using a bus lane in a section of Tooley Street.
It’s was the second day in a row the Bridge was blocked in both directions which created backlogs of traffic on Tuesday evening
The action is dubbed the “licensed taxi protest”, the drivers have promised to protest every day until Friday between 4pm and 7pm. The first of the protest was staged on Monday night.
TfL blasted the action as unnecessary and the London Cycling Campaign group accused the taxi drivers of trying to “derail” the “creation of a safer and healthier Tooley Street”.
TfL put out a statement: “A consultation is currently underway on changes to Tooley Street to improve conditions for people walking and cycling, or traveling by public transport.
“The best way for people to let us know what they think about these proposals is to respond to the consultation, so this type of protest is unnecessary.
“All feedback on our proposals will be thoroughly assessed and taken into account.”
The consultation for the Tooley Street scheme runs until January 9, with TfL insisting no decision will be made until all responses are considered.