Taxi rank to close for midweek matches

Queues at Brighton station

Queues at Brighton station

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The main Brighton Station taxi rank will be closed for weekday Albion matches.

Bosses at the station have introduced the change in a bid to tackle congestion caused as football fans wait to catch a train to Falmer station while commuters are also making their way home.

It will mean taxi drivers will have to use the back of the station to drop off and pick up customers between 4pm and 7.45pm on match days instead of using the rank at the front.

A new queuing system for Falmer trains was introduced for the first game of the season last weekend, forcing fans to queue in a zig-zag through crowd barriers.

The changes caused confusion on the first day, with some fans left scattered throughout the station and reports of trains being sent off half-full.

An email to taxi firms by the station's customer experience manager said: “As you can imagine these evening games hugely increase the passenger flow on our east coast services and so that we can operate a safe queuing system which will need to extend into the designated taxi pick up area we will be closing the rank at the front of the station for these games.”

Brighton and Hove Conservative spokesman on transport and Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Hove, Graham Cox, urged Southern to rethink. He said: “It will have a detrimental effect on the travelling public, with commuters having even more of a struggle to get home.

“Taxi drivers pay £470 a year to pick up at the station, and to treat them in this high-handed fashion is unfair.

“I am convinced there is plenty of room for a proper queue, without the need to close the rank.”

Ronald Wallace, 51, from Hove, has been a driver for 25 years.

He said: “It will be a reduced income for the people working the station. I don’t know why they bother closing it.

“The only hassle you get is from closing it. It seems to flow all right the rest of the time.”

A spokesman for Southern said the process would continue to be reviewed.

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7:14am Mon 18 Aug 14

Sussex jim says...

Why not encourage fans travelling from north of Burgess Hill to travel to Falmer via Lewes?
Why not encourage fans travelling from north of Burgess Hill to travel to Falmer via Lewes? Sussex jim
  • Score: 6

7:18am Mon 18 Aug 14

well i never says...

on whats grounds are the taxi drivers whinging, the small print clearly states that for operational reasons short term changes, may be put into operation, no doubt they would whinge if due to a major emergency the front of the station was blocked off by rescue vehicles.
on whats grounds are the taxi drivers whinging, the small print clearly states that for operational reasons short term changes, may be put into operation, no doubt they would whinge if due to a major emergency the front of the station was blocked off by rescue vehicles. well i never
  • Score: -1

7:28am Mon 18 Aug 14

RootyRoo says...

The taxi rank at the front of the station should be closed indefinately. Too many taxis always blocking up the the surrounding area. The taxi rank at the rear of the station was purposely built but the taxi drivers are too stubborn to use it.
The taxi rank at the front of the station should be closed indefinately. Too many taxis always blocking up the the surrounding area. The taxi rank at the rear of the station was purposely built but the taxi drivers are too stubborn to use it. RootyRoo
  • Score: 17

8:39am Mon 18 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

It makes me chuckle to learn that queuing in a zig-zag arrangement is too complicated for some football fans.
It makes me chuckle to learn that queuing in a zig-zag arrangement is too complicated for some football fans. notslimjim
  • Score: 9

10:46am Mon 18 Aug 14

TIMBURRY says...

It's all about the FARE
It's all about the FARE TIMBURRY
  • Score: 1

10:50am Mon 18 Aug 14

Tel Scoomer says...

This was published on the Brighton and Hove News website yesterday morning. The answer is to join up Stroudley Road, in particular, the roundabout south of the Jury's Inn, with Trafalgar Street and make it a road for taxis, buses and bicycles only, with a rank in Stroudley Road. Then either close the rank at the front of the station or properly enforce the rules of the road there. A marshall or traffic police officer on what used to be known as point duty could turn away cabbies when the rank is full.
This was published on the Brighton and Hove News website yesterday morning. The answer is to join up Stroudley Road, in particular, the roundabout south of the Jury's Inn, with Trafalgar Street and make it a road for taxis, buses and bicycles only, with a rank in Stroudley Road. Then either close the rank at the front of the station or properly enforce the rules of the road there. A marshall or traffic police officer on what used to be known as point duty could turn away cabbies when the rank is full. Tel Scoomer
  • Score: 7

3:34pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Brighton Bill says...

RootyRoo wrote:
The taxi rank at the front of the station should be closed indefinately. Too many taxis always blocking up the the surrounding area. The taxi rank at the rear of the station was purposely built but the taxi drivers are too stubborn to use it.
Good points made, but I would say limit it to 6 cabs only, lots of room around the back entrance and less chance of someone being knocked over.
[quote][p][bold]RootyRoo[/bold] wrote: The taxi rank at the front of the station should be closed indefinately. Too many taxis always blocking up the the surrounding area. The taxi rank at the rear of the station was purposely built but the taxi drivers are too stubborn to use it.[/p][/quote]Good points made, but I would say limit it to 6 cabs only, lots of room around the back entrance and less chance of someone being knocked over. Brighton Bill
  • Score: 1

3:38pm Mon 18 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Sussex jim wrote:
Why not encourage fans travelling from north of Burgess Hill to travel to Falmer via Lewes?
Maybe because Burgess Hill and Lewes don't have a connecting rail line?
[quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: Why not encourage fans travelling from north of Burgess Hill to travel to Falmer via Lewes?[/p][/quote]Maybe because Burgess Hill and Lewes don't have a connecting rail line? notslimjim
  • Score: -1

4:03pm Mon 18 Aug 14

PracticeNotTheories says...

Perhaps putting a traffic light back in at the front of the taxi rank, and painting a cross-hatch box over the intersection would also assist, as well as enforcing traffic laws in that taxi drivers lose their taxi operators licence if guilty. They really do make the place unpleasant.

I agree completely with the other comments - the issue is not the taxi rank on days of matches, but on all days.
Perhaps putting a traffic light back in at the front of the taxi rank, and painting a cross-hatch box over the intersection would also assist, as well as enforcing traffic laws in that taxi drivers lose their taxi operators licence if guilty. They really do make the place unpleasant. I agree completely with the other comments - the issue is not the taxi rank on days of matches, but on all days. PracticeNotTheories
  • Score: 3

9:02pm Mon 18 Aug 14

dingdong2 says...

The taxi exit is now a death trap for pedestrians with taxis storming out to the incredibly badly redesigned junction. I'm not even sure the current arrangement is legal. The council should introduce a zebra crossing for pedestrians where the lights used to be.

They should also enforce stopping taxis causing traffic chaos blocking the roads waiting to get into the station rank - they should just move the whole rank to the back of the station permanently.
The taxi exit is now a death trap for pedestrians with taxis storming out to the incredibly badly redesigned junction. I'm not even sure the current arrangement is legal. The council should introduce a zebra crossing for pedestrians where the lights used to be. They should also enforce stopping taxis causing traffic chaos blocking the roads waiting to get into the station rank - they should just move the whole rank to the back of the station permanently. dingdong2
  • Score: 1

9:21pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Bob_The_Ferret says...

Instead of extending the queue of football fans onto the taxi rank, why not extend the queue back up the East side of the station towards the car park?
Instead of extending the queue of football fans onto the taxi rank, why not extend the queue back up the East side of the station towards the car park? Bob_The_Ferret
  • Score: 0

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