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Heathrow Express and Piccadilly Line Service Disrupted Christmas – Boxing Day 2011

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Heathrow Express has announced that there will be no Heathrow Express Rail Service (between Paddington and Heathrow) on Christmas Day (December 25) and Boxing Day (December 26) 2011. (more info)

Also, a planned Boxing Day strike by Tube drivers is set to go ahead after a High Court judge refused to halt it. (more info). This means no Piccadilly line service to Heathrow.

Phone us for a taxi if you need to get to or from Heathrow  0203 00 44 953. Or book online

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Heathrow Express and Piccadilly Line Service Disrupted Christmas – Boxing Day 2011

Book a London taxi, tour, or treasure hunt online or phone +44 (0)203 00 44 953

Heathrow Express has announced that there will be no Heathrow Express Rail Service (between Paddington and Heathrow) on Christmas Day (December 25) and Boxing Day (December 26) 2011. (more info)

Also, a planned Boxing Day strike by Tube drivers is set to go ahead after a High Court judge refused to halt it. (more info). This means no Piccadilly line service to Heathrow.

Phone us for a taxi if you need to get to or from Heathrow  0203 00 44 953. Or book online

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If you would like to contact us, you can:

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www.londonblacktaxis.net

+44 (0)203 00 44 953

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Transport for London (TFL) recommends London Black Taxis

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We are recommended by Transport for London (TFL).

There are approximately 25,000 licenced taxi drivers in the Greater London area. Transport for London license the Capital’s drivers so the public gets a safe and reliable service.

TFL has recommended only a few taxis services on their “Getting Around” pages, and we are proud to be one of them.

London’s famous taxis (black cabs) can either be booked in advance or hailed on the street or from designated taxi ranks.

All taxis are wheelchair accessible and most have a variety of additional features to assist passengers.  Here at London Black Taxis.net, our addtional features & services include:

Special Needs Taxis

“Meet & Greet – Safe Conduct” Service

First-Class Mercedes Service

All taxi fares in London are regulated, and with safety paramount all taxi vehicles and drivers must meet minimum standards (for drivers this includes passing the world renowned ‘Knowledge of London‘ examinations). Licensed vehicles are subject to regular checks by the Public Carriage Office.

You can see more information about London Taxis on TFL’s Taxi page.

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To Book our services:

  • by phone – +44 (0)7779 336 612
  • online – use our booking form and enter any special requirements in the Special Instructions box
  • or send us a message with any questions you might have

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London Black Taxi Fares

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London taxi fares are set and controlled by the London Mayor (see “More Info”, below).

If you are using a London Black Taxi for the first time, you may have questions about your metered fare.  We are always happy to answer your questions.

Cathy, one of our recent customers, had a question that we felt might be of interest to you:

Hi Mike,
I noticed how much higher the cost is for travelling from Gatwick Airport to Heathrow Airport.  It is double the cost from Heathrow Airport to London yet it took almost the same amount of time, about 45 minutes.  Why is the cost more? Both travel days were on a Saturday.
– from Cathy on 30 July 2009

We emailed Cathy right away with this information:

Hi Cathy,
All of London’s taxis have identical taxis meter tariffs.
They are set and controlled by the London Mayor.
The taxi meter works on a time and motion basis so it’s still running and increasing the fare whilst in traffic jams and or stationary etc.

The distance from Heathrow airport to your hotel in the Aldwych is approx 18 miles.  Whereas, the distance from Gatwick Airport to Heathrow airport is 46 miles.  That’s why the metered fare was higher.

It appears to take the same time to get from A to B but you are travelling possibly at 70 mph (upper speed limit) and achieving the 46 miles in the same time as it took to cover the 18 miles into central London but covering 46 miles.

The taxi meters are sealed and cannot be tampered with by anyone, as they have a colour coded seal which if broken and spotted by the police results in the taxi driver being arrested and sentenced severely (even jail in some severe cases).

I hope that this has clarified the situation.  If you need any further information do not hesitate to contact me.
– Kind regards, Mike

We then received this reply from Cathy:

That makes sense.  Your driver Paul was great!  Your customer service is exceptional and dependable!  Very important when traveling abroad.  Thanks again for being so prompt to reply!
– Cathy

More Info

As we mentioned, London taxi fares are set and controlled by the London Mayor.  You can see more information on Transport for London’s page on Taxi Fares.

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London mayor Boris Johnson in near-miss cycling incident

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Boris Johnson and his transport adviser were involved in a near miss while cycling in east London yesterday after a truck nearly dragged a car into the path of their bikes.

The mayor of London, a keen cycling enthusiast, was on one of his regular scouting expeditions around London looking for flagship cycle routes with his team when a lorry’s backdoor swung open and hooked into a parked car, according to Johnson’s spokesman.

Just minutes earlier, transport minister Lord Andrew Adonis was among those cycling with the mayor as they toured to see where best to place cycle Super Highways”, which are designated to make it easier and safer for cyclists to get around the capital.

The car was dragged along the street and was “catapulted” right in the middle of the cycling party, just behind Johnson.

Kulveer Ranger, Johnson’s director of transport, was left shaken after narrowly escaping being hit.

Peter Hendy, the commissioner for Transport for London, was also in the group. No one was hurt.

Johnson, who next week will launch London’s summer of cycling to promote two wheels as a “stylish and desirable way to travel”, said:

“I am relieved that no one was hurt, but this incident reinforces the need for us to make London’s roads safer for cyclists, which I am determined to do and to make London the best city for cyclists in Europe.”

The mayor said Super Highways would provide a “central role” by providing clearly demarcated routes for cyclists that “lorry drivers and others will be aware of”.

Johnson is investing most of the £111m earmarked for cycling this year into the new routes, coupled with funding his Velib-style bike hire scheme which is due to be put into place next year.

Boris Johnson is also an advocate for the London Black Taxi trade.

If cycling around London’s busy city streets doesn’t appeal to you, give us a call and book a nice, safe taxi instead.

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Victoria Line Shutdown

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Another 24 hour strike on the tube is announced.

Last month the entire Victoria line was suspended as a drivers strike choked the underground.

Nearly 200 tube drivers on London’s busiest line will walk out 9pm tomorrow over “safety and harassment” and are not set to return to work until 8.59pm Thursday.

Rail and Maritime and Transport described the strike from train operators working out of the Seven Sisters depot, “rock solid”.

174 million people use London’s busiest tube line every year, 600,000 every day – Transport for London have called the industrial action “completely unnecessary.”

“Bullying and harassment”

The union have accused London Underground management of “bullying, harassment and victimization” of a RMT activist and demand the reinstatement of a sacked college.

At the heart of the dispute is the Correct Door Side Enabling Equipment which ensures doors on the right side of the platform are opened and is in operation on all other lines – except the Victoria.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow accused LU of “penny pinching” that is “puts both our members and the general public at risk.”

Dispute “not about safety”

London Underground Chief Operating Officer Howard Collins said the dispute “was not about safety”.  Adding:

“This dispute is about the actions of one RMT member, a Victoria Line driver, who put passenger safety at risk and then compounded his error by failing to follow the correct safety procedures.

This will not be resolved by further strike action, which will only lose RMT members more pay and inconvenience thousands of Londoners, who rightly expect us to uphold safety standards on the Tube.” RMT leader Bob Crow said management intransigence has “forced” his members into action. Adding:

“We know very well the disruption that the action will cause but we will not sit back while managers play fast and loose with train safety and while our members and activists are subjected to intimidation, bullying and victimisation.”

Well, we say “Don’t worry. Be Happy. Take a Taxi instead!”

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