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City's first indoor taxi station opens

Security staff and marshalls take late night wait off streets

Published on August 29th 2013.


City's first indoor taxi station opens
 

LIVERPOOL city centre's first purpose-built taxi “hub”, complete with late-night marshalls and registered security staff, opens this weekend in Duke Street. 

The idea is to give passengers “a safe and comfortable alternative” to queuing on city centre ranks, flagging black cabs down on the street, or waiting in doorways for other private hire taxis to arrive, especially after dark. 

City private hire operator Alpha Cars is behind the scheme, which it says has the backing of Merseyside Police. It has converted the Victorian Wilson's Building, near to the junction with Hanover Street, into a booking station and waiting lounge. 

GPS

Alpha owner James Bradley said: “It is amazing it has taken so long for a major city like Liverpool to have a facility such as this. We take bus and train stations for granted, but no thought has been given to a purpose-built taxi station, until now. Liverpool has been crying out for such a facility.” 

A GPS system will be used to dispatch the firm's 400-strong fleet to the station and a special lay-by has been created at the front door of the building. 

Jamesbradley2James BradleyAdded Mr Bradley: "It will also make a major contribution to greener transport by introducing a central pick-up point, reducing the number of cars circulating in and around the city centre.”

He said:  “Before we embarked on this project we looked very carefully at what was needed and the best location. I have been working on this scheme for some years in response to requests from passengers, and particularly female customers, who want, and deserve, a safe and secure environment. "  

Mr Bradley's planning consultant and former Liverpool planning officer, Steve Chapman, Managing Director of Liverpool-based Devaplan Ltd said: "The council's own Unitary Development Plan policies recognise the importance of encouraging the provision of taxi facilities to serve the city centre. I'm sure this operation will set a new high standard in taxi facilities.”

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Edward BarrettAugust 29th 2013.

Having seen more than one kick-off at cab-ranks, I hope this works!

AnonymousAugust 29th 2013.

Delta aren't going to like this, or any black cabs either

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AnonymousAugust 30th 2013.

So what?

Cab CallowayAugust 29th 2013.

Hardly new. Every local shopping centre in Liverpool had a private hire taxi office in the seventies, usually in a shop premises, where people could order taxis and wait inside until they arrived.

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A.E.C. RegentAugust 29th 2013.

What we haven't got is a proper bus station.

A.E.C. RegentAugust 29th 2013.

Taxi offices are still going if this photo pf Smithdown Road is to be believed: statics.192.com/…/21242297.jpg…

scouse690August 30th 2013.

Yes...it's there on Smithdown Road. And, Yes! they were all over the place in the '70's and '80's ( I remember my local one in Garston)...bring them all back!!

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