‘Fewer taxis are better than none at all’
THE scrapping of plans to ban taxis from Waverley Station will be widely welcomed as a victory for common sense.
Network Rail found itself in a very difficult position after Home Secretary Theresa May ordered an end to open access to traffic at the station.
The blanket ban proposed on all vehicles would have caused huge disruption for very many passengers.
In fact, a lot of elderly passengers feared it would be so bad that they would be unable to use our main railway station.
The prospect of hauling bags up and down the hill from Waverley Bridge or fighting through rush-hour crowds for a space in a packed lift was extremely daunting for many travellers, impossible for others.
The solution which follows the intervention of city transport leader Lesley Hinds sounds workable for all sides.
No other cars will be allowed under the station roof, but a limited number of taxis will be permitted, thanks to a stricter vetting regime.
No-one will welcome a cut in the number of cabs serving the station. There is a real risk of lots of unhappy customers if the numbers are cut back too far and taxi queues grow longer, especially once the cold winter months arrive.
But in the circumstances we perhaps have to settle for acknowledging that fewer taxis are better than none at all.
Chink of light
TODAY’S news that there may be two potential buyers for the Hall’s of Broxburn factory is a welcome development.
While it is clearly far too early to know what this might mean for the 1700 affected workers and their families, it will at least give everyone belief that a rescue deal can be thrashed out.
We do not yet know whether there are solid plans to save the entire site or to perhaps run a scaled-back operation, and until we do it remains an anxious time for all those involved.
The task force set up in the wake of the closure announcement has already spoken of making “encouraging progress” and it must now ensure that it redoubles efforts to secure the best possible outcome for the workers involved and the surrounding area.
The Hall’s factory has had a long proud history with the local community – today there might just be a chink of light that it also has a future.
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