New King’s Lynn taxi rank will improve services, says councillor

Work underway at King's Lynn Bus Station ANL-150701-130116009
Work underway at King's Lynn Bus Station ANL-150701-130116009

Plans to move a Lynn town centre taxi rank as part of a £1.6 million redevelopment of the town’s bus station have been backed.

Although work began last week, taxis will only begin collecting passengers from the new rank on the lower floor of the Vancouver Quarter car park from next month, when the second phase of the scheme begins.

The current taxi rank on Albion Street is being moved to make room for a new northbound exit for buses onto Railway Road.

Both Albion Street and Waterloo Street are currently closed to drivers as part of the project.

Under the proposals, a total of 10 taxis will be accommodated on the new rank, with a further seven able to stand at a feeder site on the Old Sunway.

West Norfolk Council deputy leader Brian Long told Tuesday’s cabinet meeting: “I see this as a benefit to people who use taxis as they’ll be able to get a taxi undercover and this provides a better service for the people of the town.”

However, he also raised concerns about the state of a wall close to the feeder stand whose ownership is not known.

But leader Nick Daubney said he understood that necessary works would be carried out to make sure the wall is safe.

Regeneration portfolio holder Alistair Beales described the plan as “a very sensible, straightforward suggestion.”