Traffic in London
13th January 2016

London Journey Times Jump By 10% in a Year Says Addison Lee Research

LONDON CONGESTION IS NOW WORSE THAN EVER AS NEW MINICAB LICENCES SURGE BY 56%

THE GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS IT WILL NOT BE CAPPING MINICAB NUMBERS

London car journey times have increased by 10% in the last twelve months according to the Addison Lee Data Analytics Team who sampled over a million journeys completed in 2015 and compared them with 2014.

Andy Boland, Addison Lee Chief Executive Officer, says “Our drivers and passengers have been telling us that London congestion has been getting worse and that journeys are taking longer. Now we have the evidence. At busy times, some parts of the capital are literally grinding to halt”.

One reason for delay is that the number of new entrants to the mini cab market has rocketing by almost 56% over the last two years. Many of these drivers have taken to loitering at traffic pinch points, particularly in the West End, Mayfair and Soho, effectively plying for hire.

Andy Boland adds, “Congestion and slower journey times are huge issues for London drivers. Our advanced vehicle management software and control room always ensures the most efficient matching of passengers and vehicles”.

The Government confirmed that it would not limit the number of new minicabs licensed in the capital. Andrew Jones, a Minister at the Department of Transport, said yesterday in Parliament that the number of private hire vehicles would not be restricted in London or elsewhere.

Andy Boland says, “The number of poorly trained mini cab drivers on London’s streets is becoming an issue for everyone. These new entrants are causing delays and are not helping consumers by simply flooding the market and blocking the roads”.

The Addison Lee Data Analytics team compared over a million journeys taken in London compared with the same period last year. According to Transport for London, licensed Public Hire Vehicles have increased from 60,000 in 2013 to 94,000 in 2015 and the number of roadworks in London decreased in the financial year 2014/15 compared with the previous year.

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