New taxi rank in bid to cut disruption

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A NEW taxi rank comes into operation today to address city centre traffic flow problems.

It will be introduced on the two-way slip road at the bottom of Claypath, Durham City, between 6pm and 8am.

The alternative location for taxis and customers aims to reduce the demand on the current Claypath rank.

A traffic order has been changed to allow access to Claypath from Lower Gilesgate/Providence Row and will no longer be restricted.

Owen Cleugh, of Durham County Council, said: “The introduction of the new rank will hopefully reduce the taxi queues which presently exist.

“We are looking to move these queues to areas that will cause minimal disruption to residents.

“With the co-operation of taxi users and drivers, we hope that the new system will become common practice in time.”

Superintendent Ivan Wood, of Durham Constabulary, said: “The provision of an additional taxi rank will hopefully improve the quality of life for people living close to the city centre.

“We are determined to resolve the current problems and will take whatever steps necessary.”