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Enhanced taxi marshal scheme to boost safety on Northampton nights out

Image credit: West Northamptonshire Council

West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) has announced an expansion of its taxi marshal service, aiming to enhance public safety during busy weekend nights in Northampton.

The initiative, initially launched in December, positions marshals at the Mercer’s Row taxi rank from 11pm to 5am on selected nights. Initially covering ‘pay day’ weekends and bank holidays, the service will now also operate during significant events such as A Perfect Day Festival, Northampton Pride, and Ibiza fest.

The marshals play a crucial role in safeguarding various groups, including lone females, vulnerable individuals, and families with children, ensuring their safe use of taxi services. They also manage conflicts at the taxi rank and liaise with the Licensing Authority and Northamptonshire Police regarding any incidents.

Funded by the Safer Streets 5 initiative and managed by the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (OPFCC), the scheme is set to continue until September 2025, with potential for further extension based on its impact and effectiveness.

Cllr David Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Communities, said: “So far, this innovative pilot has proved fantastic in helping us to improve the Night Time Economy in West Northamptonshire and make Northampton town centre a safer and more welcoming place to enjoy a night out.

“I am pleased the service will be operating on even more dates and improving the safety of women, girls, and vulnerable people during peak Night Time Economy weekends alongside our other Safer Nights Out initiatives to make going out more enjoyable for everyone.”


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