Brighton & Hove Council, sort out the nuisance of taxi gridlock around Brighton Station
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I am sure you are familiar with the Gateway Scheme which has proved reasonably successful in creating a more pleasant experience for visitors arriving at Brighton Station by train/foot. Unfortunately the new road layout and resulting traffic congestion have caused considerable distress and nuisance to residents and businesses in the area.
Despite lengthy consultation the scheme was revised during construction diverting taxis approaching the station into Surrey Street. The result is the current gridlock of taxis and buses queuing along Upper Gloucester Road, Surrey Street and adjacent side roads. Many cabs double park on pavements and in loading bays while waiting to access the station.
The redesign and current layout of these streets simply doesn't work and has had an unacceptable negative impact on the health and wellbeing of the residents of the area. Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) as the body responsible for both planning in the area and the licensing of Hackney Carriages for the Brighton and Hove City area, is negligent in failing to address the problems it has created.
We the undersigned request that BHCC addresses congestion and nuisance created by taxi traffic on Surrey Street and surrounding roads. We ask that urgently these streets are covered by a strict no waiting policy for taxis and increased CCTV coverage/ increased monitoring to aid enforcement.
In the longer term a better solution is required to alleviate the significant problems caused by stationary and slow moving traffic resulting from the use of Surrey Street and Upper Gloucester Road as an unofficial taxi waiting rank. These include:
- Increased Air pollution in an existing city centre pollution hot spot
- Constant noise pollution - especially late at night and in the early hours when residents are sleeping
- Anti-social (and aggressive) behaviour, by both cab drivers and their customers
- Lack of availability for local residents needing access to the limited number of loading bays along Surrey Street
- Blocking of access routes for emergency service vehicles
Relocating the taxi rank to the rear of the station and limiting the numbers of taxis able to access the front rank are two possible options being looked into. Land around the station is not controlled by the council so any solution must be reached in partnership with other organisations or through compulsory purchase.
We are therefore also calling on the council to urgently redouble its efforts, in partnership with Govia Thameslink Rail and other relevant bodies, to identify and implement a permanent solution.
In summary, congestion, and associated noise and pollution, are an unacceptable nuisance, ruining the lives of local residents and damaging local businesses. Please help us to eliminate this blight on our neighbourhood.
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