Rank future ‘up in the air’

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TAXI drivers across Wisbech are waiting to see what will happen to the current rank at the town’s Horse Fair bus station following a decision by Fenland Council to approve a £53,000 improvement scheme.

The decision by the council’s Cabinet follows a report produced by Atkins that looked at safety issues at the bus station.

The report, requested following a debate on moving the taxi rank from the bus station to a site near The Case pub in Canal Street, concluded that doing ‘nothing was not an option’.

It pointed out that ‘the level of damage and/or slight injury incidents observed over the last five years suggests that there is a risk that a more serious incident involving personal injury will occur’.

The cabinet discussed to options for improving safety at the bus station. Both options involved eliminating reversing movements by taxis using the rank.

However, the more elaborate of the two proposals was set to cost £135,000. Members opted for the cheaper option two, which would also mean taxis no longer needed to access the bus station apron. It would provide a pavement area for taxi passengers as well as a separate drop off area.

However, Councillor David Patrick, who also represents the Wisbech and District Hackney Carriage Drivers Association, said everything was up in the air at the moment and refused to comment on the proposals until they had been discussed by the association.