Brighton Station Taxi Rank

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The Brighton & Hove Taxi Trade would like to sincerely apologise for the chaos caused by the closure of the taxi rank at the front of the station and its relocation to the rear as this now directly affects anyone seeking to get a taxi there.

Due to pressure from the council GTR (Govia Thameslink Railways) moved the rank against warnings from the taxi trade of the obvious problems of longer journeys and higher fares for customers.

We warned of extra disruption for taxis trying to access and leave the rank with added traffic congestion in Fleet Street, New England Street & the North Laines area.

During the first week of the relocated rank it was proven that the concerns were correct. Taxis are now getting stuck in Stroudley Road when mixing with traffic accessing the main station car park & drop off point. This means increased fares for customers & frustration for both parties.

GTR wanted to close the rank when the Rail Replacement Buses were in use leaving passengers without the facility to access a taxi at all. This was unacceptable.

GTR has received complaints every day since the opening of the new rank and to some degree has taken notice as GTR will now be making provision for taxis when the Rail Replacement Buses are used. However this means that the rank will be moved even further from the back of the station beyond the Jurys Hotel entrance, the trade once again apologises for this added disruption.

We would also like to apologise to train passengers who are now getting soaking wet when queuing at the rank under the inadequate canopy.

Also extremely frustrating is that the removal of the rank at the front of the station means there is no taxi rank serving Queens Road and surrounding streets, the area Brighton & Hove council has called the ‘Gateway to the city’.

What can the public do to help?

Sign this petition to let Brighton & Hove council know that you are unhappy with the chaos at the back of the station, unhappy with the higher fares for journeys and unhappy there being no provision for a rank at the front of the station.

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