Taxi chaos in Brighton according to drivers

Taxi drivers in Brighton say moving the rank from the front to the back of the main railway stationhas led to chaos. They claim they're losing customers - and money - as a result.

The council and Govia Thameslink Railway say the former taxi rank was too small and led to gridlock on surrounding roads. Campaigners have now started a petition to reverse the decision.

The drivers say it's left passengers confused and has hit them in the pocket.

New taxi rank location 'confusing' customers Credit: ITV Meridian

The taxi rank used to be situated immediately outside the main entrance.

Now those wishing to take a taxi are being advised to walk a short distance to the back.

Campaigners who opposed the move have set up a petition - so far it's attracted around a thousand signatures.

Drivers have launched a petition Credit: ITV Meridian

Brighton and Hove Council as well as Govia Thameslink Railway say moving the taxi rank will be beneficial in the future,.

Govia Thameslink say the new taxi rank was put in place due to complaints about queuing taxis clogging up roads at the front of the station.

The operator says it's 50 percent bigger than the old one.

"Moving the taxis to the north of the station is already bringing improvements for pedestrians and to the movement of public transport around the station. It is also expected that air quality will improve as a direct result of the move. "Any change will always need to be monitored, and any issues ironed out as they occur. We are already working with GTR to improve how the rank works after listening to the drivers' concerns related to private hire taxis and what happens during rail replacement."

Brighton & Hove Council
Drivers not happy at rank's new position Credit: ITV Meridian

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