Taxi rank at station and hospital

Taxi rank in High Street, Chorley.
Taxi rank in High Street, Chorley.
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Chorley’S railway station and hospital could be set to get taxi ranks.

Councillors are to investigate the idea following a study.

They have also decided to keep the current limit of 36 hackney carriages in the town.

Two other proposals rejected were: To issue any number of additional plates as is seen fit, either in one allocation or a series; or remove the limit altogether.

Chorley Council’s licensing and public safety committee met yesterday to discuss taxi provision in the borough.

At its meeting in March, members instructed Jamie Carson, the council’s Director of People and Places, to proceed with an “unmet demand” survey of hackney carriage provision in Chorley. The survey was awarded to Halcrow following a tendering process.

It was carried out in June, July and August.

Among the main recommendations were the consideration of new ranks at Chorley Railway Station and Chorley Hospital.

The study stated: “The feasibility of a rank at Chorley Station should be investigated with Northern Rail. The trade, stakeholders and members of the public all expressed a desire for a rank in the location, therefore if one were to be introduced it is likely it would be viable and used by both passengers and drivers.

“Further investigation should be undertaken into the provision of taxi services at Chorley Hospital. Some 68 per cent of public respondents believed a hackney carriage rank should be introduced here.

“However, only two of the hackney carriage trade respondents stated they would use a taxi rank in this location if one were provided, meaning it is unlikely a traditional rank would be viable unless the trade could see a clear demand for their services.”

Chorley Council currently licenses 36 full time hackney carriage vehicles.

The authority also licenses around 140 private hire vehicles. There are five official taxi ranks across Chorley.

There are two 24 hour ranks on High Street, which operate as one (split by the junction with Cleveland Street).

In addition, there are two designated night time ranks on Cleveland Street and Market Street.