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East Dunbartonshire Council rolls out new taxi rank plans

East Dunbartonshire Council, following discussions with trade representatives, has unveiled new proposals aimed at enhancing taxi stance facilities across the region. These plans are designed to support both the day and night-time economies in various locales.

In Bearsden, the council proposes the establishment of a 24-hour taxi rank capable of accommodating two vehicles on New Kirk Road, contingent upon the approval of necessary Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs).

For Kirkintilloch, a 'night zone' is planned within the Barleybank car park. This initiative aims to bolster the night-time economy by allowing taxis to park from 10pm to 3am.

Milngavie is set to see the creation of a two-vehicle taxi rank at the train station on Fulton Road, in addition to a four-vehicle feeder rank, operational 24 hours a day. Additionally, a 'night zone' will be established in the Stewart Street car park for taxi waiting between 10pm and 3am, subject to the enactment of a TRO.

Efforts are also underway in Bishopbriggs to pinpoint an optimal site for a new taxi stance, as part of the Council’s ambitious £34.88 million Place and Growth Programme. This programme receives support from both the UK and Scottish Governments through the Glasgow City Region City Deal. Detailed proposals for Bishopbriggs will be formulated and subjected to further consultation.

Councillor Gordan Low, Convener of the Policy and Resources Committee and Council Leader, said: "We're keen to engage with a range of passengers, drivers, businesses and organisations. Please get involved if you can.

"All feedback received will help to inform our ongoing work to improve availability of taxis, support local businesses – including the night-time economy – and improve safety."


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