The famous black cabs will no longer be built in Holyhead Road, Coventry if the
planners agree an application by London Taxis International.
The company, whose product is recognisable throughout the world, want to double the
size of its manufacturing base and that means moving away from the old ten acre site next
to the Alvis railway bridge which it has occupied since the 1920s. It is proposed the
existing site will be used for housing and shops.
LTI has applied to Coventrys planners to move lock, stock and barrel to a 20 acre
site at the Coventry Colliery development.
It is the first world-renowned company to flag a commitment to moving to the new site.
The company has been planning for several months to move from its current cramped
factory premises but had been unable to find a suitable site. At one stage it considered
severing its longstanding connection with the city, but now is happy to stay just inside
the northern edge of the Coventry boundary.
If it gets planning approval the firm plans to improve its taxis to gain a foothold in
the North American market and it will also manufacture left-hand drive cabs. It is hoped
to increase production to 5,000 vehicles a year. The company made 75 workers redundant
just before Christmas.
Barry Widdowson, Group Managing Director said:
"We cannot expand on our current site because we are surrounded by housing. It
will take two years to make the move because there is a lot of preparatory and planning
work to be done."
Councillor Sheila Collins, chairman of the planning committee said:
"This shows real confidence in our regeneration proposals for the north of