Taxi Demonstrations – Bank Junction – January 2017, the message below was produced by the City of London Police for sharing.
We have been notified of pre-planned demonstrations by two different taxi drivers’ associations. These are planned for the second and third weeks of January. The taxi drivers’ associations plan to park a number of taxis at Bank junction. This action is expected to have a significant effect on traffic in the surrounding areas.
City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police have been engaging with organisers. We have also liaised with Transport for London to try to manage disruption on the roads as much as possible.
Both demonstrations are scheduled to take place at Bank junction.
The first is planned for Thursday 12 January between 5pm and 6:30pm.
The second is scheduled to take place from Monday 16 January until Friday 20 January between the hours of 3pm and 7pm.
The demonstrations are expected to cause considerable disruption and congestion to the City of London. There will be a number of road closures. Additional resources are assigned and there is a policing plan in place. The City of London Police will provide a lawful and proportionate policing response to protest, balancing the needs and right of protestors with those impacted by the protest. The iconic backdrop of the City and its position at the centre of the world’s financial markets means the Square Mile is often a focal point for protests and demonstrations. The City of London Police is very experienced in policing demonstrations, facilitating peaceful protest while minimising disruption to the local community.
Considerations for Business
We would ask that on Thursday 12 January that any fire drills or evacuation test procedures are rescheduled. The following week, if these tests are due to take place, completion before 3pm would be advisable. Deliveries are likely to be affected. If you normally expect deliveries on the dates and times in question, you may want to consider rearranging the date and/or time with your suppliers.
We recognise that you will be concerned about the impact it may have; we want to reassure you that we have a full policing plan in place. We continue to work with all our partners to ensure that the disruption is managed effectively.