Conservatives tackle Greens over Brighton Station

Graham Robson May 5, 2013

Brighton Taxi development

Councillor Graham Cox, the Conservative Group Transport Spokesman, has called on Brighton & Hove City Council’s Green Administration to stick to plans to relocate the taxi rank currently located at the southern entrance to Brighton Station.

The Brighton Station Gateway project, the brainchild of the previous Conservative Administration, sought to transform the experience for visitors arriving in the city by train.

However, despite Green Consultants recommending that this can be done with minimal disruption to the North Laine area, a report presented on Tuesday, April 30 to a Transport Committee meeting, saw the Greens set out to abandon plans to move all except the front four vehicles in the taxi rank (which would remain at the front of the station) to Frederick Place.

Cllr Graham Cox
Cllr Graham Cox

Cllr Cox said:

“The whole rationale for the Brighton Station Gateway project rested upon opening up the front of the Station and thus radically transforming the environment for residents and visitors. This cannot be done without moving the taxi rank, which at the moment works in nobody’s interest. Without this fundamental change, there is precious little left of the original vision. We do support the elements of the project that remain but I’m afraid it amounts to little more than tinkering around the edges.

“If the Administration will not press ahead with moving the taxi rank, despite what their consultants say, then I am suggesting that instead they spend the money in the Lanes, emulating the hugely successful New Road shared space – something which businesses in this area are very keen to see.”

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