Cabbies’ fury as fares dive at start of Central Gateway revamp work » National Taxi Association

Cabbies’ fury as fares dive at start of Central Gateway revamp work » National Taxi Association

Taxi driver Alan Gales is speaking out Taxi drivers fear proposals for a new pedestrianised square could compound problems caused by Sunday’s blocking of the Central Station portico Diners and drinkers could soon enjoy cafe culture near Newcastle’s Diamond Strip if council plans for a new pedestrianised square go ahead. At the eastern end of the multi-million pound Central Gateway scheme, Westgate Road could be rerouted and narrowed, with an area next to the George Stephenson memorial blocked off to create a wide plaza. But taxi drivers fear the proposals could compound problems caused by Sunday’s blocking of the Central Station portico. The cabbies say that such is the “chaos” caused by the closure – and loss of more than 75% of the station’s Hackney Carriage spaces – some may withhold their next parking permit payments in protest, potentially costing rail operator East C...

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