Northbridge Taxi Rank Upgrade To Begin

Northbridge Taxi Rank Upgrade To Begin

Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

$2 Million Upgrade For Northbridge Taxi Hub

Victor P Taffa

Work will start next week on a $2 Million Upgrade of the Milligan Street Taxi Rank, to provide increased safety and decreased waiting times for passengers.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the significant infrastructure upgrade would make getting a taxi from Northbridge a safer and more comfortable experience.

“The State Government recognises taxis as an important part of the public transport mix, and indeed they are the primary public transport service for people going home from Northbridge on the weekend.” Mr. Buswell said.

“This upgrade will dramatically improve the experience of the several thousand people who use the 1,000 taxis which utilise this hub each Friday and Saturday night.”

“Taxi drivers should also feel safer and be able to carry out their role more efficiently.” Mr. Buswell said.

“Works at the hub include upgraded lighting; the installation of more CCTV cameras; weather shelters; and changing the road layout and widening the footpaths to increase space for queuing and taxi loading.”

The Project, jointly funded by the Department of Transport and the City of Perth, will take about five months, during which the rank will be moved to James Street, adjacent to Russell Square.

The Minister said the improvement of services for Taxi Users was just as important as those which benefited Train and Bus Patrons.

“The level of security afforded to Taxi Patrons should be the same as that at a Major Public Transport Interchange, and this upgrade will significantly improve safety for people catching a Taxi from Northbridge.” the Minister said.

“Rank Management Officers, whose presence at the current Taxi Rank has reduced customer waiting times and violent and antisocial behaviour, will continue to work at the upgraded hub.” Mr. Buswell said.