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Author Topic: Bristol Taxi drivers cancel strike  (Read 2130 times)
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« on: August 20, 2019, 08:42:28 am »

Being posted in this section as most of the passenger arrivals at BTM come from London.

Network rail want the amount of licence's for Taxi's to be reduce from 241 to 188(I think I got the numbers right)

Didn't know there was a strike planned until I listened to radio bristol on Tuesday morning.NOW CANCELLED

Could I suggest all the taxi's queuing up for fares to have their "standing" moved to the left outside the taxi cafe.

Then the 6/7/8 could go over by the old airport pick up point

Maybe at the bottom of the incline the turn left sign could be a flashing yellow amber so you could turn left towards the Bath and Wells roads
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2019, 08:59:51 am »

Being posted in this section as most of the passenger arrivals at BTM come from London.

Network rail want the amount of licence's for Taxi's to be reduce from 241 to 188(I think I got the numbers right)

Didn't know there was a strike planned until I listened to radio bristol on Tuesday morning.NOW CANCELLED

Could I suggest all the taxi's queuing up for fares to have their "standing" moved to the left outside the taxi cafe.

Then the 6/7/8 could go over by the old airport pick up point

Maybe at the bottom of the incline the turn left sign could be a flashing yellow amber so you could turn left towards the Bath and Wells roads

When was the last time you were at Bristols' Temple Mead station ?
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2019, 09:13:54 am »

Being posted in this section as most of the passenger arrivals at BTM come from London.

Network rail want the amount of licence's for Taxi's to be reduce from 241 to 188(I think I got the numbers right)

Didn't know there was a strike planned until I listened to radio bristol on Tuesday morning.NOW CANCELLED

Could I suggest all the taxi's queuing up for fares to have their "standing" moved to the left outside the taxi cafe.

Then the 6/7/8 could go over by the old airport pick up point

Maybe at the bottom of the incline the turn left sign could be a flashing yellow amber so you could turn left towards the Bath and Wells roads

Rubbish, how about all the commuters and travellers from the Gloucester line stations and North thereof, the South West line from Taunton and stations to Bristol, the Severn Beach line, from Cardiff, Newport and stations (including Pilning) to Bristol, from Keynsham, Oldfield Park, Bath and stations to both Swindon and Westbury.

Don't sadly join the growing band of folk who open their mouths before their brain is engaged.
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2019, 01:16:59 pm »

I  take exception to your comments.

Would you say the things to me that you have if we were stood in front of me?

If you care to have a listen to radio bristol from tuesdays morning show,

you would hear the spokesman for the taxis drivers saying that most of their custom

comes off the trains from London.

Would you like to apologise for your comments?
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2019, 02:04:45 pm »

Gentlemen, six of one and half a dozen of the other??? Please - let's not let it get personal, and if we think it has got personal, not respond in any similar vein.
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2019, 02:09:25 pm »

Being strictly neutral (so thereby probably annoying everybody...) I do not recall ever getting into a taxi to find the driver ask me where I've come from, or indeed telling the driver unprompted where I've come from.
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2019, 02:23:31 pm »

Gentlemen, six of one and half a dozen of the other???

It really doesn't read like that. martyjon came over as unnecessarily abrupt. My reading is that infoman was right to take exception and seek an apology.
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2019, 03:05:43 pm »

Play nicely please chaps and let's move On thankyou.
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2019, 04:16:38 pm »

I'm curious about the premise for this strike. Hadn't heard anything about it and there's nothing in the local news. What are these licences that Network Rail are cutting? I can only think that this means the Station Approach Road is NR property, not a public highway, and therefore NR can require a licence for taxis to pick up or hire from there. Is that it? If so, why do they want to reduce the number of taxis?

And what would the likely effects of a drivers' strike be? Presumably some disgruntled commuters, a bit more passengers on buses, but it doesn't seem entirely obvious to me that there would be any impact on rail operations unless the strike continued for several days, in which case regular travellers might make other arrangements.
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2019, 04:19:10 pm »

Being posted in this section as most of the passenger arrivals at BTM come from London.

If you care to have a listen to radio bristol from tuesdays morning show, you would hear the spokesman for the taxis drivers saying that most of their custom comes off the trains from London.

Not commenting on the way the response was worded, but just to say, I don't think the first comment is in any way the same as the second comment, is it? Martyjon has a point. There will be a lot more locals arriving into BRI than ever come from London. How many then get into a taxi is completely different.

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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2019, 05:23:52 pm »

Being posted in this section as most of the passenger arrivals at BTM come from London.

If you care to have a listen to radio bristol from tuesdays morning show, you would hear the spokesman for the taxis drivers saying that most of their custom comes off the trains from London.

Not commenting on the way the response was worded, but just to say, I don't think the first comment is in any way the same as the second comment, is it? Martyjon has a point. There will be a lot more locals arriving into BRI than ever come from London. How many then get into a taxi is completely different.


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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2019, 06:22:40 pm »

Did grahame request

 let's not let it get personal, and if we think it has got personal, not respond in any similar vein.
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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2019, 08:48:07 pm »

Moving on...

The station approach and the cab ranks are private property, with the station operator saying who can ply for trade there. Licences were introduced in 2012, at a cost of 375 pa pc (per cab). At that time, cabbies were charged 600 to pick up at either Bristol Parkway or Bath Spa, so it wasn't something new. The reduction in numbers is likely to annoy cabbies rather than passengers, as 184 taxis will be enough, it just means over 50 cabbies won't be able to pick up there. Dropping off by either Hackney or private hire will still be permitted.

Infoman's idea to move the bus stop to the old airport bus stand could certainly be looked at, as it would make it look as though there was a real bus service actually to the front door of the station. There is a problem that might mitigate against it. As it is the end of the route for the 8/9, 70/72/73 and hospital bus, they tend to park up for a while, and the space wouldn't fit more than two at a time. Also, there is still a plan to move the whole lot to the other side of the Engine Shed, unless the transport secretary is thinking of launching an inquiry into that, too.
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« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2019, 09:22:16 pm »

So a permit to ply from Temple Meads is only a little over half the cost of one for Bristol Parkway or Bath Spa? Strange. One would have assumed that the bigger the station, the greater the price that could be charged for the permit. Presumably Bath's tourist trade boosts its numbers (but it has a much smaller forecourt), but what about Parkway?
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« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2019, 09:36:00 pm »

Did grahame request

 let's not let it get personal, and if we think it has got personal, not respond in any similar vein.
Sorry, I have to challenge that. In what way was my reply 'personal'?
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