Cabbies celebrate as taxis retain right to operate out of Waverley
TAXIS will continue to operate out of Edinburgh’s Waverley Station after a climbdown by rail chiefs.
In the light of anti-terrorism measures, Network Rail announced earlier this year that taxis and cars were to be banned permanently. However, a proposal has been agreed that will allow taxis access to the station through a secure entry system.
It is expected that Network Rail and City of Edinburgh Council will have the new arrangements in place by January.
Access for specialised disabled organisation vehicles will also be maintained.
Drop-off areas for private vehicles will be moved to Market Street and there will be free short-term parking in the New Street car park.
Network Rail’s Scottish route managing director David Simpson said: “We are pleased to have a proposal in place which will see a controlled number of taxis continue to use the station facilities. We are certain this arrangement, combined with the enhancements now in place at Waverley, will make the station a better environment for all.”
Lesley Hinds, the council’s transport convener, welcomed the agreement.
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