Popular Oldham Town Centre taxi rank being moved to create more space for social distancing

A popular taxi rank is being moved in Oldham Town Centre to create more space for pedestrians as social distancing continues, Oldham Council have confirmed.

A spokesperson for the council, said: “As part of our plans to make sure it’s easier to get around Oldham Town Centre while social distancing we are looking to move the taxi rank at the top of Yorkshire Street.

“We are looking to reposition it just over the road on Greaves Street, running alongside the Old Town Hall.

“The move would mean there was more space for pedestrians and people visiting the nearby businesses. Disabled access to vehicles would also be improved.”

The work is part of the council’s wider plans to ensure Oldham Town Centre, district centres and public spaces are “safe and welcoming“ as lockdown continues to ease.

It also ties in with the Greater Manchester wide Safe Streets Save Lives campaign.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Culture, said: “We want people to come into Oldham Town Centre so they can support local businesses and the economy.

“So people can do this we are trying to make it as easy as possible to get about while social distancing.

“Small changes, like moving the taxi rank, can make a big difference as it offers extra space.”

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