Re-location of Brighton Station taxi-rank

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The re-development of the northern entrance is part of a partnership initiative with Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Brighton and Hove City Council who are aiming to transform the front of the station into a “welcoming covered pedestrian plaza”.

GTR have reported numerous comments from residents as well as local MPs regarding the congestion caused by the current location of the taxi-rank. 

Queueing along Junction Road and Surrey Street has been reported as a regular occurrence according to GTR with their lead facilities manager claiming: “the current taxi rank has outgrown the southern entrance”. 

With over 16.5 million passengers using the station every year and Brighton's increasing popularity with visitors, GTR say the rank is "too small for purpose".

From next month, travellers will no longer be able to catch a train from the front of the station but instead will be directed by arrows, banners and announcements to the "new-look" Northern Entrance off Stroudley Road. 

GTR has said the new rank will be 50 percent bigger and offer space for 29 vehicles, enabling quicker access to the A270 and A23.

GTR have said that the redevelopment will not only mean a new cycling hub, court-yard and cafe, but will also be part of future queuing and congestion plans for major events in Brighton, such as Pride. 

The benefits outlined by GTR have been mostly welcomed by commuters, while some hold reservations on what this will mean for Brighton’s local cab companies. 

GTR have said that measures have been put in place to ensure the re-location is seamless for Brighton’s commuters and cab drivers. 

BBN have contacted Brighton and Hove City Taxis for comment.

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