New plans for taxis to go ahead

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CHANGES to taxi ranks and traffic management are being drafted in, despite objections from cabbies.

Taxi drivers around Durham fought proposals to abolish zones across the county and deregulate numbers across the city and Chester-le-Street.

However, Durham County Council has agreed to the new rules and begun a campaign to raise awareness of the changes.

They will come into force from next month and mean licensed hackney carriages will be able to pick up and drop off fares anywhere within the council’s area.

Previously, there were seven different zones representing the former district council areas, which came together to form the unitary authority in April 2009. The council says a consultation programme was held prior to the adoption of the new policy, which brings it in line with other counties.

Fifteen new rank spaces have been set up after 6pm in Claypath as well as a new rank in Freeman’s Place, near the Gala Theatre in Durham City.

The council will monitor the situation, with a new traffic order being piloted and designed to alleviate potential access issues on Claypath.