More taxi bays in Canterbury to reduce station congestion

MORE taxi bays are to be provided at Canterbury West station as part of a project to revamp the forecourt.

Eight bays will be provided instead of six, and the road through the new forecourt will be wider than initially planned.

The changes – agreed by Network Rail and train firm Southeastern after a formal request from city council leader John Gilbey – mean taxis should not block the route for cars dropping off or picking up passengers.

Councillor Peter Vickery-Jones, city council executive member for transport, said: “Taxi drivers provide an essential service at Canterbury West railway station, and we’ve always been conscious of their needs, and the needs of train passengers.

“We were pleased to receive a positive and pragmatic response. The design amendments will make a significant difference, and we will continue to monitor the situation.”

He thanked resident Jeremy Baker for raising concerns with the council.


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