A TAXI boss has warned rail chiefs in opposition to attempting to cost cabs for choosing up passengers on the revamped Waverley station.
He mentioned most taxis would refuse to pay any levy which Community Rail tried to impose for utilizing the Capital’s important prepare station if proposals for a large redevelopment of the location go forward.
A draft masterplan unveiled final month doesn’t embody a lot element about taxi preparations within the new structure, although one choice is to create a street-level rank off Market Road by build up land inside the present New Road automotive park.
Tony Kenmuir, of Central Taxis, mentioned one other concept floated was to make use of a ramp from Market Road down into the New Road automotive park.
The Calton Street entrance can be anticipated to turn out to be busier as a part of the revamp.
Mr Kenmuir mentioned he had an open thoughts concerning the proposals, however voiced fears a brand new rank may very well be on the “fallacious aspect” of the station.
He mentioned: “Most individuals after they come out of Waverley are heading north, south or west. If somebody will get off the prepare and the taxi pulls out of New Road, we must drive round it – folks may very well be within the taxi for 5 or ten minutes with £6 on the meter and nonetheless be taking a look at Waverley station.”
And he mentioned he had made clear his firm wouldn’t be paying to make use of any rank.
“If the venture is a wheeze to try to take cash off the taxi commerce, I don’t see why we’d drop folks off, drive empty to the fallacious aspect of the station and pay for the privilege of getting in.
“I don’t cost them for delivering passengers to them. Why ought to they cost me for choosing them up? We pay our licence for the privilege of choosing up anyplace within the licensing space.
“Some taxi drivers individually would possibly determine to pay however the majority won’t.”
The taxi rank contained in the station was eliminated in 2014, inflicting an outcry from disabled folks and others who mentioned the transfer made entry extra tough.
Mr Kenmuir mentioned: “They kicked us out of the station and mentioned it was for safety causes. Now they apparently wish to allow us to again in, however cost us for it.
“I believe we’ve bought clever to that. We won’t be paying them.”
Community Rail mentioned no resolution had been made on the problem of charging taxis.
A spokesman mentioned: “We’ve not gone into that degree of element but.
“However it’s fairly normal now for taxis to pay a cost for pick-ups when they’re utilizing ranks in stations or airports.”
There’s a public exhibition of the masterplan proposals on the station concourse till Friday, April 26.