Plan to move King’s Lynn taxi rank to be examined as bus station work starts

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Plans for two new taxi ranks, which form part of a £1.6 million revamp of Lynn’s bus station, will go before councillors tomorrow.

Work on the project is due to begin today with the closure of Waterloo Street and the start of building a new northbound exit from the interchange onto Railway Road.

But, as part of the scheme, officials plan to introduce two new taxi ranks to replace the existing stand on Albion Street.

The main rank, with room for 10 vehicles, will be on the lower floor of the car park next to the Sainsbury’s store in the Vancouver Quarter.

A further stand for seven vehicles will be provided in the Old Sunway, though officials have recommended that drivers should not be allowed to pick up passengers there.

If approved, the new facilities are expected to come into use for the first time next month, when the second phase of the bus station project begins.

In his report to members, lead officer Geoff Hall said: “The current rank is the most popular location for the travelling public during shopping hours. The provision of an alternative taxi stand to serve the town centre is therefore considered essential.”

The proposals go before West Norfolk Council’s cabinet next week and will first be considered by its regeneration, environment and community panel tomorrow.