Businesses to foot the bill for Christmas taxi marshals in Southport this year

Resort Revelers partying in Southport over Christmas and new year will kept in line by taxi marshals thanks to town centre bussinesses that paid the Southport BID tax.

Marshals will ensure that only legal and registered hackney carriages and private hire vehicles are operating in Southport.

In previous years police responded to a number of unprvoked violent attacks during the busy christmas period at the taxi rank.

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The marshals will also maintain orderly queue’s for the taxis throughout the night meaning that the queues move faster.

The scheme will be funded by the revenue taxed from town centre businesses by the Southport Bid who will be working in close partnership with Sefton Council and Merseyside police.

The idea is to prevent disturbances around the taxi rank which can lead to fighting and people getting injured then someone call an ambulance, which can all be avoided by having marshals on the rank. It is actually cheaper to have marshals than involve all the other services.

The scheme will start on the first weekend of December and will be in oporation on weekends, Bank Holidays throughout Christmas and New Year.


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