Council officials propose new taxi rank for York

City of York Council has revealed it plans to open a new taxi rank in St Sampson’s Square.

Taxi drivers in the city have been campaigning for a new rank for several years, reports the Press.

Council officials have now responded to the requests by proposing that two sides of St Sampson’s Square are used as a cab rank between 8pm and 6am.

Steve Galloway, the council’s executive member for city strategy, said the proposed rank would help to improve conditions for taxi drivers following the restrictions placed on the Duncombe Place rank, which now closes at 10pm following complaints from residents.

He added that St Sampson’s Square is an ideal location for people searching for taxis late at night and also benefits from good CCTV coverage to help with security and disorder issues.

A public consultation about the proposed new taxi rank will run until January 21st 2010, with North Yorkshire Police among those invited to comment on the issue.

Last year, the council handed out an additional 15 hackney carriage licences in order to help deal with demand for taxis in York.

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