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8th July 1909, Page 11
8th July 1909
Page 11
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

Great Central Railway.

" The replies to your enquiries are :—(1), no; (2), yeli; (3), always existed."

(Signed) J. P. Nforgxros, Station Superintendent.

Great Eastern Railway.

'‘ 'Iliac is a stand for taxicabs at Liverpool Street Station, and they are admitted to ply for hire on payment of the same fee as horse-cabs, viz., one penny." (Signed) R. P. Ennis, Superintendent of the Line.

Great Northern Railway.

" Your letter of the 12th ultimo, re cabs, has been referred to our polies: superintendentCaptain Caillard—who deals with questions relating to taxi-cabs, etc."

(Signed) W. H. KE7sTP, Stationmaster.

[Captain Caillard informed us verbally that separate ranks are provided as a matter of convenience, and that there are no restrictions.—En.]

London, Brighton and South Coast Railway.

" I beg to inform you, in reply to your questions :—(1), no difference whatever is made between the treatment of taxicabs and horse-cabs plying for hire; (2), taxicab drivers are afforded exactly the same facilities as horse-cab drivers; (4 this has always been so, ever since the introduction of the motorcab."

(Signed) FINLAY SCOTT Superintendent of the Line.

I beg to inform you :—(1), none whatever ; (2), exactly ; 110.

" The taxi-drivers wanted preferential treatment, but that we denied them on the introduction of the motorcab, but we soon after gave them a stand in the forecourt of the station, and for some considerable time they have had a stand in the cab rank for incoming trains. As a matter of fact, taxicabs are in a much better position to obtain Ire at this station than the horse-drawn vehicles."

(Signed) T. P. TICKNER,

Superintendent, Victoria.

Great Western Railway.

" I have pleasure in replying to your questions seriatim :— (1), no distinction is made at this station between horse-cabs and taxicabs ; (2), the drivers of horse-cabs and taxicabs are offered exactly the same facilities, and are admitted into the station upon exactly equal terms ; (3), for some time after the introduction of motorc.abs nn the streets, they were not admitted into this station, not, when it was seen there was a real demand for these vehicles, this company readjusted their cab arrangements at Paddington. so as to provide a separate rank to accommodate motor vehicles."


Stationmaster, Paddington. London and North Western Railway.

" I have pleasure in giving below answers to your three questions :—(1), no; (2), yes ; (3), always on the same basis." (Signed) H. A. WALKER, District Superintendent.

Midland Railway.

" I beg to say that taxicabs are not excluded from this station, nor are they, so far as I am aware, excluded from any railway station."'

(Signed) J. CI.EmENrs, Stationmaster.

London and South Western Railway.

"I beg to inform you that. so far as Waterloo is concerned, there is no foundation for the statements made in the Press.

" Firstly.—Both taxicabs and horse-drawn vehicles are permitted to ply for hire, no difference being made in their treatment.

" Secondly.—Taxicab drivers are now afforded greater facilities than horse-cab drivers, inasmuch as they do not have to go through the cab field and take their turn with the latter, which in some cases would involve a wait of two hours before obtaining a fare.


Thirdly—Since the introcinetion of motorrabs. there has been no restriction as to drivers' plying for hire at the station. Formerly, they had to take their turn on the rank with the horse-cabs, but latterly two special ranks have been provided for them."


Superintendent of the Line.

South Eastern and Chatham Railway.

" I beg to inform you that no difference is made between the treatment of taxicabs and horse-cabs, so far as plying for hire at. our London stations is concerned; taxicab drivers are afforded the same facilities as horse-cab drivers, and this has always been so since the introduction of the motorcab. " I may say, however, that at Charing Cross Station taxicabs do not stand on the inside rank, owing to the approach to the same. You are probably aware that cabs entering the station at Charing Cross have to do so in Villiers Street, and I am .informed that. taxicab drivers think that the constant stopping and starting on the steep incline leading from the low level to the high level would be an unnecessary strain on their -vehicles.

" Every facility is afforded to the taxicabs in the forecourt and they are able to take up fares quickly from there."

(Signed) VINCENT W. General Manager.

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