Will The Station’s Taxi Rank Have A New Home?

Credit @ Stephen Jones

A petition has been signed by 83 residents living on Surrey Street, calling for the station’s taxi rank to be relocated. The locals have claimed that they’ve suffered for years now because of excess noise and congestion due to queuing taxis.

The disgruntled Brightonians are hoping that the land owners will listen to their concerns and put double red lines in place as well as additional CCTV in hopes of preventing queues.

Govia Thameslink Railway, who own the land, have at last requested a meeting to discuss the idea of moving the rank, after 5 years of residents petitioning for it.

The petition that was presented to the council in March raised several concerns and stated:

“A solution is required to alleviate the following concerns: air pollution, noise pollution, antisocial behaviour, lack of access for local residents to the limited loading bays available on Surrey Street, problems caused by taxi related congestion for emergency services and other public transport, all caused by static and slow moving traffic, created by the use of Surrey Street and Upper Gloucester Road as unofficial taxi ranks.”

Gill Mitchell, committee chair, commented “Officers have looked at a range of traffic options but believe the best solution is to move the taxi rank to the rear of the station.”

 

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