Trafalgar Square Drive- In

Hi everyone! Just to highlight the main points why this demo took place. Firstly an official mini cab rank was set up by Westminster Council which Westminster Council calls a pick up point. Once you paid for your mini cab at the kiosk in Leicester Square they will show you where your car is parked – this will be in Whitcombe Street.  In contrast our rank is in Coventry Street is not well placed as people that come from Leicester Square can’t always see our rank clearly so they try flagging a black cab down  -  I point them out in the right direction when that happens to me. In addition to that there are  some night clubs and hotels  that have set up mini cab companies within their premises and a clipboard johnny standing outside.


Were you there at the Drive in on the 5th of February  2009 ? I could not let this opportunity pass so I defenitly joined in.  I arrived at Old Street at 1.45pm but by the time I reached Clerkenwell Road the traffic came to a standstill,  loads of cabs going in the opposite direction, some with punters on some without. When I reached High Holborn there were a few cabs scattered around, again,  some with punters in the back some without. It took me one hour 45 minutes to reach Princess Circus, it was stop and start all the way, I even managed to switch of my cab a few times.

When I reached Princess Circus I got a message on my terminal telling me  that it was all over and  I felt as so I had not achieved anything as I did not manage to get to Trafalgar Square.  On the other hand I think I stand a chance in getting in the Guinness book of records for the slowest time from Old Street to Princess Circus!!!

After 90 minutes stuck in traffic and a full bladder  I turned left down  Charring Cross Road and all I could see was a line of cabs coming my way, with their hire signs on, confirming that it’s all over. I passed through Trafalgar Square,which was back to normal and on to Victoria and that was it back to work.

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Be lucky, Steve.

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