TfL should urgently increase the number of taxi ranks at Night Tube stations in order to ensure passengers aren’t left stranded. New analysis revealed that nearly half the stations on the Night Tube routes have taxi ranks.
According to data provided by TfL 59 of the 144 stations on the Night Tube network do not currently have a taxi rank within 250m of the station. Ms Arnold said this raised serious safety concerns, warning that passengers could be left struggling to complete their journey when the Night Tube is introduced later in the autumn.
Whilst the lack of taxi ranks is particularly acute in outer London, where nearly half of Night Tube stations do not have taxi ranks, over a third of inner London stations do not have a taxi rank within 250m.
Earlier this year TfL announced it would provide 100 new taxi ranks by 2020, including new taxi ranks at 26 Night Tube stations, but Ms Arnold called for the Mayor to go much further to ensure that every Night Tube station has a taxi rank within 250m of the station entrance.
It’s great that TfL has committed to increasing taxi rank numbers but 2020 is far too late. The Mayor should have planned ahead and made sure that all 144 Night Tube stations have taxi ranks in place before the Night Tube starts.
With the Night Tube start pushed back to autumn the Mayor has a chance to put his foot on the accelerator and get this sorted. The Night Tube will only get you so far, people need to know that when they get off the tube there will be a taxi there to help them finish their journey safely if they want it.
Whilst pre-booked minicabs are an option, most people would be much more comfortable jumping in a cab from the taxi rank than standing outside a quiet station at two or three in the morning waiting for a mini-cab to arrive.