Rayleigh High Street will once again benefit from the presence of two dedicated Taxi Marshals, ensuring the safety of those enjoying the vibrant nightlife in the area. Following two successful years of operation, these marshals are set to resume their valuable service during the upcoming festive season.
Thanks to funding from Rochford District Council's licensing team through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), and Rayleigh Town Council, two security officers will be stationed on Rayleigh High Street from 11.30pm to 4.30am every Friday and Saturday night.
The primary role of the marshals will be to maintain an orderly taxi queue, preventing any unruly behaviour or cutting in line. They will also ensure that everyone gets into a taxi safely, minimising the risk of accidents or confrontations. This simple yet effective service not only contributes to the smooth flow of people but also makes a significant impact on the overall safety of the night-time crowd.
The marshals' presence was initially observed during the Halloween weekend as a trial run, which proved successful and paved the way for their return. Starting on Saturday 25 November, and continuing throughout the Christmas season, the marshals will be stationed on Rayleigh High Street on Friday and Saturday nights until 30 December.
Cllr Lisa Newport, Lead member for Communities and Health of Rochford District Council’s Joint Administration, welcomes their return and said: "We are thrilled to have our Security Industry Authority registered marshals back on duty, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of this service throughout the festive season. The support from Rochford District Council through the UKSPF fund and Rayleigh Town Council is instrumental in making this service possible. Together, we can make Rayleigh's nightlife even safer and more enjoyable for all."