Black cab drivers bring Parliament Square to a standstill again

Black cab drivers brought parts of central London to a standstill today as they continued their ongoing protest about the Mayor of London's plans to ban them from driving on roads in parts of the capital.

The drivers caused gridlock for the third time in a week by lining their cars along Parliament Square and surrounding streets.

The cabbies are demonstrating against plans - supported by Sadiq Khan and Transport for London - to make key routes in the capital open to only buses and bikes.  

The black cab caused gridlock for the third time in a week by lining their cars along Parliament Square and surrounding streets.

The black cab caused gridlock for the third time in a week by lining their cars along Parliament Square and surrounding streets.

It is proposed black cabs should be banned from a section of Tooley and Tottenham Court Road. They have already been banned from the Bank junction in central London

It is proposed black cabs should be banned from a section of Tooley and Tottenham Court Road. They have already been banned from the Bank junction in central London

Black cab drivers brought central London to a standstill today as they continued their protest about plans to ban them from driving on roads in parts of the capita

Black cab drivers brought central London to a standstill today as they continued their protest about plans to ban them from driving on roads in parts of the capita

The plans form part of Sadiq Khan's 'Healthy Streets' strategy which aims to enable more people to walk, cycle and use public transport by making London's streets healthier, safer and more welcoming. Pictured two protesters hold up a banner which appeals to TFL to stop banning black from London's roads

The plans form part of Sadiq Khan's 'Healthy Streets' strategy which aims to enable more people to walk, cycle and use public transport by making London's streets healthier, safer and more welcoming. Pictured two protesters hold up a banner which appeals to TFL to stop banning black from London's roads

All other vehicles, including black cabs, will be banned from roads including Tottenham Court Road, Tooley Street near London Bridge and a major junction in the City of London. 

Cabbies, many waving placards declaring 'where buses go, we go', demand to be allowed to use the roads as well.

The controversial road changes are driven by individual London boroughs, but are supported by the mayor-controlled TfL as part of City Hall's desire to clamp down on air pollution.

They include Camden Council's £35million project to reduce congestion and improve air quality by banning cars, lorries and black cabs from Tottenham Court Road. 

Only buses and bicycles will be permitted to use the road between 8am and 7pm from Monday to Saturday, with drivers who breach the restriction facing a £130 fine. 

Pictured: The proposed boundaries of the original zone would leave outer London boroughs such as Brent in the west and Barking and Dagenham in the east out of the area 

Pictured: The proposed boundaries of the original zone would leave outer London boroughs such as Brent in the west and Barking and Dagenham in the east out of the area 

Planners hope that the zone will stretch out o the farthest flung reaches of London by October 2020, when it will take in boroughs such as Bromley and Enfield 

Planners hope that the zone will stretch out o the farthest flung reaches of London by October 2020, when it will take in boroughs such as Bromley and Enfield 

Southwark Council is also proposing to change the layout of

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