May 4, 2012
Leicester cab drivers have welcomed a move to utilise a disused car park as a taxi rank while Leicester railway station is being redeveloped.
The cabbies were unhappy when their black cabs were forced out of the station in April while Network Rail put the finishing touches to their multi-million pound redevelopment. The move left taxi drivers having to make dangerous maneuvers to gain access to the rank – prompting Sir Peter Soulsby, city mayor, to label the temporary set-up as “not safe or satisfactory”.
Following successful talks, the council has opened up a nearby car park for taxi drivers only. The facility can hold up to 50 waiting vehicles.
Dangerous Driving Conditions
Gurpal Singh Atwal, taxi driver and secretary of Leicester’s RMT union, said: “We would like to thank Sir Peter and the council for listening to our concerns.
“By opening up the car park, the council allows us a space where we can wait before going on to the rank when a place there comes free. More importantly, we do not have to turn around on the busy street.
“The situation before was dangerous as it was very crowded with fellow taxi drivers turning in the street. I saw near misses which could have resulted in bad accidents.”
The site will be temporary available for six to ten weeks, while scaffolding is dismantled and ground work takes place at Leicester rail station. Passengers will then be able to get a taxi direct from the station.