Bid to ease Sunderland’s ‘dangerous’ taxi problems

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A NEW taxi scheme will start this month to tackle problems in Sunderland city centre.

Jim Blackburn, the senior councillor responsible for transport, announced a new taxi rank would be set up at the east side of Green Terrace to help beat parking problems in the area.

He was speaking at last night’s meeting of Sunderland City Council in response to a question from Tory deputy leader and transport spokesman Peter Wood.

Coun Wood raised concerns about the “dangerous” problem of taxis backing up from the west site of Green Terrace into Albion Place and St Michael’s Way, particularly during the busy night-time hours.

Coun Blackburn said the new scheme would come into play on October 14.

“These measures have been developed by a working group of representatives from the council, Northumbria Police, Nexus and bus operators,” he said.

“The working group also discussed the addition of provision of taxi ranks in the city.”

Coun Blackburn said the council was now looking at the provision of parking, taxi ranks, disabled bays and bus stops in the city centre.