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Edinburgh Council: Taxi Removal From Waverley Station Could Cost £1 Million

According to the Edinburgh City Council, it could cost the taxpayers over £1 million if cabs are to be removed from the main train station in the city. Changing parking arrangements and creating new taxi ranks outside the train station will prove to be a costly business but could become a reality if Network Rail proceed with their plans to clampdown on taxis at Waverley Station. These new measures will also be introduced in Market Street and Network Rail states that they are not paying for this work to be carried out.

However, Network Rail are not happy with these cost estimates and state that such a price would be double the cost of adding new security ramps which will stop vehicles from accessing the train station at certain times of the day. City councillors are adamant that they will fight against the ban against taxis but Network Rail insist that these measures are necessary in order to comply with legal security requirements across the UK.

The city council believe that elderly and disabled passengers will be massively inconvenienced and are of the opinion that the whole transformation will cause confusion for drivers and passengers alike. Revealing the huge cost of the plan is the latest step in the council’s fight against Network Rail and it’s hoped that public opposition to the plan will grow now it’s apparent that the rail firm will not be footing the bill.

The plans were initially released in February and it was claimed at the time that it was part of a clampdown in security for the Olympic Games which are to be held in London this summer. Soon afterwards, Network Rail agreed to hold off on plans to introduce these measures as it discussed taxi rank provisions with the city council. Lesley Hinds is the transport minister for the Edinburgh City Council and stated that the council and the public should not be made to foot the bill for measures that are not justifiable. Hinds continued by saying that Network Rail have not guaranteed that they would pay for the changes and it is not right that the general public must pay.

According to a spokesman for Network Rail, there has been no discussion with the Edinburgh City Council in terms of taxi rank requirements and the rail firm are also unhappy with the figures being reported. He concluded by stating that Network Rail would consider contributing to the cost of removing vehicles from Waverley Station.

Source: scotsman.com