SAVE OUR RANKS! TAXI FIRMS UP IN ARMS OVER 6-MONTH DISRUPTION ‘WITHOUT CONSULTATION’

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Taxi companies operating in Newport are up in arms as they are being forced to give up their ranks in South Street for a period of 6 months, but claim they were only given 1 weeks’ notice.

Works to widen St George’s Way over the next 24 weeks means a one-way system will be in operation around Newport. All traffic from the south will divert via Church Litten and South Street to join Coppins Bridge. As a result, some roads have been closed to enable the free flow of traffic.

According to Amar Exclusive taxis, Island Roads and the Isle of Wight Council have failed to consult with the trade about the changes having only been informed on 2nd March, for works beginning this week.

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The 6-month changes will see temporary bus stops created in the taxi rank outside Sports Direct. Furthermore, the taxi rank outside Morrisons is being utilised as part of the one-way system and will be unable to taxi drivers.

A new, temporary taxi rank is to be established in St James Street, between New Look and Ming Garden. This will result in the loss of a number of parking spaces. However, taxi drivers say this is simply not viable with safety concerns raised due to the narrow nature of St James’ Street and the fact the rank is to be situated on a corner. They also say that the narrow pavement, which has items of street furniture, will make it hard to safely side load passengers.

At present, Southern Vectis buses are operating routes 5, 7, 12 and 38 from Church Litten to enable social distancing in the main bus station. But a spokesperson for Amar Taxis has said:

“As COVID restrictions are being relaxed why cant Southern Vectis now operate from inside Newport Bus Station that was purpose built for them?”

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Island Roads has been approached for a statement.

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Steve
Steve
1 month ago

Completely agree with the taxi drivers what I can’t understand is the fact Southern vectis are a operating buses from outside sports direct which has a narrower pavement and people walking past and people waiting for the bus surely this will create large crowds of people in a small area which could be a huge health hazard and certainly not covid safe. It would be far better Southern vectis using their bus station which has more space and leaving the taxis where they are. It’s a recipe for disaster ill thought out.

JHVF
JHVF
1 month ago

Trouble is, the Bus Station is not fit for purpose and never has been.

John
John
1 month ago

Parking on the Island is rubbish.
Can never find a parking space, due to some properties Parking cars, motorbikes and Works vehicles along the street, so there are no parking spaces for other tenants or homeowners.
PARKING PERMITS ARE A MUST ON ISLAND STREETS AND ROADS

NotPastItYet
NotPastItYet
1 month ago

From bitter experience of dealings with this council/island roads….. They just don’t care. Their idea of consultation is to give a couple of weeks notice of something that they have already decided is going to happen, then ignore any objections. From my dealings with them, the quote was “It’s their road, they can do what they want”.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  NotPastItYet
1 month ago

[email protected]…no there are are road,s,the council are are employees.they work 4 us..it sounds good anyway..am I right or am I right..ps,,,vote 4 Graham perks and co..give th em a go..Paul…

Wightman
Wightman
1 month ago

Wouldn’t Orchard Street have been better for Taxis and any local residents could have used the Library Car Park behind the library?

Terry
Terry
1 month ago

Yet another c….k up by our wonderful, uncaring council. We seem to have to accept that they can do what they want, when they want and not consider implications to those that they are there to serve. Numpties, …..

Fedup
Fedup
1 month ago

You vill do vhat you are told. OK?

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