Taxi rank review ‘a long time coming’

A taxi rank review in Lancaster and Morecambe has been “a long time coming” according to a city cabbie.

The city council’s licensing committee approved a six-week consultation period with drivers at a meeting last week, following proposals by the Lancaster City Hackney Proprietors Association (LCHPA) to make changes to a number of ranks in Lancaster and Morecambe.

The proposals include extending the rank in Common Garden Street in Lancaster to four spaces, and a new rank on County Street at Lancaster Railway Station.

Hackney carriage stands would also be removed from Gage Street in the city.

In Morecambe,the LCHPA proposes two more spaces outside the Arndale Centre on Market Street, and a new full-time rank for 12 taxis, increasing to 17 taxis after 6pm, in Queen Street.

The proposals also call for the removal of stands on Broadway, Marine Road East (Elm Grove), Marine Road Central (night-time rank), Marine Road East – opposite Morecambe Town Hall, Marine Road Central – opposite the war memorial, Marine Road West, near Frontierland, and Victoria Street.

Bill Riley, taxi proprietor and a founding member of taxi company 848848, said: “The reason the list is so long is because the council has not reviewed the stands for at least 10 years.

“As a result, two stands in Morecambe don’t even exist any more.

“In short, the whole thing just needs reviewing.

“What’s been put down is what, in general, the trade wants.”