Taxi rift at the railway station


Taxi drivers are in dispute over who can pick up and drop off passengers at Skegness Railway Station.

East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) has written to drivers reminding them only those who pay for permits with East Midlands Trains (EMT) can use the rank at the station’s main forecourt.

A driver working from the rank said: “We pay to serve customers walking off trains, why should other taxis poach our customers?”

Some drivers believe this ruling is unfair on those who don’t pay the £375 annual permit; accepting they can’t tout trade, but feel they should be allowed to use it if private customers request their service.

Dave Daubney, of Dave’s Taxis, said: “If customers approach us at that rank, we direct them to the driver’s ranked there, if private customers call us to the station, I can’t see the problem.”

Some driver’s also claim they get unnecessarily caught in traffic on the one-way system, having to drop off at the rear entrance.

Mel, of Mel’s Taxis, said: “The back entrance is used as an emergency exit and we are blocking it off, EMT are thinking more about the drivers than their passengers.”

ELDC say drivers without permits must only use the rear of the station on Richmond Drive and if approached by station staff, must provide the name of the person the booking is for. If this isn’t provided, drivers will be asked to move on and may be liable for police action.

EMT said: “Taxis without permits should drop off passengers round the back of the station unless transporting passengers with disabilities, who can be dropped at the front and the public may drop off and pick up passengers at the front should they wish.”