THE Council is re-opening the ‘horseshoe’ taxi rank outside Reading Station on a temporary basis until it is required for the redevelopment of Station Hill.
The ‘horseshoe’ rank and Garrard Street feeder will re-open for use by the town’s Hackney Carriage drivers from Monday July 3rd. This facility is in addition to the modern new taxi ranks built by the Council and located to the south and north of Reading Station.
The decision follows representations made by the Reading Taxi Association to the Council, which can be accommodated pending the redevelopment.
Councillor Tony Page, Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport at Reading Borough Council, said:
“Following representations by the taxi trade, the Council is pleased that it is able to accommodate Hackney Carriage drivers by re-opening the horseshoe rank on a temporary basis.
“We have listened to the representations and it makes sense to re-open this rank again, pending the finalising of timescales for Station Hill. I want to emphasise however, the horseshoe rank remains a temporary arrangement and the Reading Taxi Association is clear that is the case.
“Sightlines for drivers pulling out of Garrard Street are vastly improved following the recent environmental works around Thames Tower, which will make the rank easier to use for Hackney Carriage drivers, and safer for pedestrians who regularly walk to and from Reading Station.”