Taxi rank safety fears

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Safety fears have hindered taxi drivers’ hopes they may gain 24-hour access to a prominent collection point in the centre of Skegness.

The Deputy Mayor of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter, who is also a Stagecoach employee, explained that requests for the site opposite Tower Cinema on Lumley Road to be used as a taxi rank as well as a bus stop had been dismissed by highways officers as too dangerous.

Speaking at Wednesday’s Skegness Town Council meeting, he said: “The argument was that if it became a taxi rank, two buses could come along and the taxi would be blocked in, causing danger to passengers trying to get in or out.”

The comments followed renewed calls to lift restrictions which prohibit taxi drivers from accessing the site between 7am and 7pm.

Skegness Taxi Owners Association chairman Darrell Blackburn claims the concerns are unnecessary as he says the site is unused by buses and believes 24-hour access to such a lucrative location would help his trade.

Coun Ken Milner, who is also a county councillor, told Mr Blackburn that trial alterations to Lumley Road,including the creation of a new bus stop, may also offer options for a 24-hour taxi rank if approved.