The SuperCabby Podcast is now available in the iTunes store, you can now subscribe and use your favourite podcast catcher app or software to keep up with the latest episodes of the podcast by clicking on the link below or subscribing with your RSS reader.
I have resisted listing the podcast in iTunes as it is mainly aimed at Taxi drivers in London, but certain technical aspects with podcasts require an iTunes listing.
Having the podcast listed in iTines means that it will reach a wider audience and will obviously mean greater exposure for those who are interviewed on the podcast.
AS I said in the last episode, we will be launching another podcast aimed at the general public called the London Taxi Podcast which will commence in Mid September so please look out for that one as well.
If you can think of anyone that you would like to hear interviewed on the podcast please let me know by using the contact form on the website.
Thanks for listing to the podcast which is growing alap the time, I have been really surprised by the amount of downloads and listeners which spurs me on to keep producing new episode of the podcast and seek out more interesting people within the trade to interview.
The West End Project will transform the Tottenham Court Road area, making it safer and more attractive for residents, boosting business and creating new public spaces.
There will be a big increase in people coming to the area with the opening of the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station in 2018, and we need to make sure that the area is safe and welcoming.
The one-way system will be replaced with two-way tree-lined streets, some protected cycle lanes and new public space. The scheme will reduce congestion and pollution, widen pavements and make bus journeys quicker.
We have secured £26 million of investment to improve Camden’s West End. The improvements will unlock the area’s potential, boosting business and creating new public spaces for the community and visitors to enjoy.
The project will be delivered by 2018 in time for the opening of Crossrail, when Tottenham Court Road station will be busier than Heathrow Airport.
Cllr Phil Jones, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport & Planning outlines the vision behind the West End Project.
Traffic congestion creating delays and poor air quality
Narrow and cluttered pavements on Tottenham Court Road that won’t cope with more pedestrians
Lack of public spaces to enjoy the area
One-way streets on Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street making journeys longer
Bus passengers find the area confusing as they can’t arrive and leave from the same street
Pedestrian and cycling casualties caused by the speed of traffic and lack of good pedestrian crossings and cycle routes
High quality public spaces for everyone to enjoy
Better streets that reduce traffic congestion, delays and collisions
Brand new parks, green spaces and improved air quality
Safe and attractive streets with wider tree-lined pavements
Streets designed to make bus journeys simpler, faster and more reliable
Improved streets for cycling including protected cycle lanes on Gower Street
A better place to do business
We have assessed the impacts of our proposals and these would be:
Less traffic across the area
Some bus routes over 3 minutes quicker
6 new or improved public spaces
Up to 285 new trees
Widen pavements by up to 2 metres
Make an extra 15 streets two-way for cycling
The West End Project covers the area outlined below and includes the public spaces, main roads and side roads.
The area is home to a large number of residents, the British Museum, University College London and University College London Hospital and is thriving with theatres, businesses, cafes and restaurants. quality public spaces for everyone to enjoy.
Every Taxi Driver should read this and complete the consultation survey as this will severely alter our working environment
In the 1988–89 season, Sitton captained Leyton Orient to promotion to the Third Division through the play-offs, and in all made over 200 appearances for Orient in all competitions. After his release in May 1991, he started working for Orient’s School of Excellence Academy as a youth coach whilst making a few appearances for Slough Town in the Conference. By the end of his playing career, Sitton played in all of the top five divisions of English football.
Sitton was appointed joint caretaker manager at Leyton Orient with Chris Turner in April 1994, following the departure of Peter Eustace, and helped the team avoid relegation from the Second Division by earning four points from their last two matches. The co-managership was Sitton’s idea, as he did not know many of the first team players since he moved into coaching in Orient’s youth setup, and knew that Turner had more knowledge about them. The duo were given the job permanently that summer after the board received positive feedback from the players, and continued throughout the difficult 1994–95 season in which Sitton had to work in six different roles within the club whilst on a youth coach salary. The squad size was cut in half and the club was on the verge of liquidation, with the PFA paying the players wages for several months whilst chairman Tony Wood tried to sell the club.
During this time, he became one of the few football managers to feature in a Channel 4 documentary, Orient: Club for a Fiver (sometimes known as Leyton Orient: Yours for a Fiver), made in 1995 by Open Media. The programme highlighted Sitton’s well-known passionate language and managerial style, and featured a half-time team talk given by Sitton on 7 February 1995, after Orient had fallen 1–0 down in a league match at home to Blackpool. After sacking defender and fan favourite Terry Howard on camera in the dressing room, Sitton addressed two other players and offered to fight them, saying:
“You, you little cunt, when I tell you to do something, and you, you fucking big cunt, when I tell you to do something, do it. And if you come back at me, we’ll have a fucking right sort-out in here. All right? And you can pair up if you like, and you can fucking pick someone else to help you, and you can bring your fucking dinner. ‘Cos by the time I’ve finished with you, you’ll fucking need it.”
Speaking about the event later, Sitton said, “Terry’s an ex-teammate of mine who I like very, very much. He’s good company when you go for a night out – but as a manager and a coach, he’s not what I’m looking for. I may have lost a friend, but by tomorrow I would have recovered.”
Orient went on to lose the match 1–0, and after winning only one of the next 15 games, both Sitton and Turner were sacked two months later. Orient won just seven of 47 games under the pair. After the pair left, the side lost the following three games and finished bottom of the table.
New owner Barry Hearn had briefly considered retaining Sitton on a three year contract, before hiring Pat Holland as Sitton and Turner’s replacement.
After leaving Brisbane Road, Sitton battled depression and had therapy. He was passed over for many club coaching jobs due to how he was perceived in Club for a Fiver, leaving him very disillusioned. He spent eighteen months applying for work without success despite being a well regarded coach within football.
Sitton had a short spell as assistant manager at Enfield under controversial chairman Tony Lazarou, and later briefly worked as assistant manager at Leyton. A few years later, he was brought back to the club by popular demand from the players. As manager, Sitton started well in the league, but pressure from chairman Costas Sophocleous after a draw made him decide to leave after the following match.
Sitton also worked at the Press Association, compiling statistics for Arsenal matches for the Actim Index, and had also spent some time as a martial arts instructor.
Sitton currently works as a taxi driver, and is a regular Twitter user. Since 2012 Sitton has done several interviews with Vernon Grant on YouTube in which he discussed his playing career and his time as Leyton Orient manager. Sitton related his hopes of creating a Wimbledon-style Crazy Gang mentality at Leyton Orient, coupled with youth development along the lines of Dario Gradi‘s work at Crewe Alexandra.
Since February 2013, Sitton and Grant have made regular videos via Skype in which Sitton discusses current events in football, tells anecdotes and makes score predictions. The pair are currently collaborating on an autobiography due for release in 2014. Sitton also appeared on Pitch Talk, discussing his life and career, and has also appeared onTalksport.
Sitton has a wife and three children. They live in Chingford, London.
We have been getting a lot of questions lately asking, “how’s the app going?” When will the app be available?” so I though that I would speak about how we started, how far we have come, when we realistically expect to have the app available.
I talk about offers that we had from various third party app developers, why we didn’t accept any of the offers and the individual reasons why they were not appropriate for our trade.
I mention some of the things that those involved with the project thought were fundamental for our app to succeed.
I also talk about how the app business will be set up, how the cooperative will work and what drivers can expect from getting involved.
This episode was not scripted and I spoke about the app “off pat” so please excuse some of the pregnant pauses and if I repeat myself please forgive me, this was originally broadcast on London Taxi Radio on Monday 11th August 2014 live.
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After a two hour meeting with local Councillors, lead engineers and police and local MP Zac Goldsmith, Richmond Licensed Taxi rank is moving away from the Richmond Station !!
The rank is being moved forward by about 80 feet and all people will see when they come out of the station is the arse end of the last cab on the new rank this rank will be trialed for 6 months with 3 cabs only and it has been agreed that it will become a 4 cab rank after the trial .
Drivers must not sit on this rank with there engine running as local shops complain about the smell.
Any further complaints and we will be gone.
The council has tried every permutation know to man to get the town to run smoothly and they agree its not the drivers fault.
But money talks and TFL hold the purse strings.
Signage will be going in as well as the telephone system as used in the past. There will be some sort of system put in place so the drivers know when there is space available to move over from a feeder rank to the new rank.
It is felt by local drivers that this was the best they were ever going to get, but it will take time to bed in.
Local driver reps have also asked about ranking for twickenham stadium for the word cup next year and things are looking good. There is a new guy at the council who has worked with drivers before and he is on the short list to get the Job that takes in Twickenham town center and the surrounding roads at twickenham stadium.
More news as we get it .
Thanks for all your support. I must just add the Police were amazing today and backed us up all the way as well as Zac Goldsmith.