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Birmingham taxi driver New Street strike action postponed

05/06/2013

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Taxi drivers have postponed strike action over a "lack of spaces" for them near Birmingham’s New Street station.

As part of the £600m station revamp, the taxi rank has been temporarily moved to Navigation Street, which drivers said had spaces for 11 cabs.

Some drivers went on strike for four hours on Monday, but have postponed further action after the council agreed to discuss the problem.

Birmingham City Council said talks would take place on Wednesday.

Taxi driver Arshad Mahmood said: "Around here we have around 300 drivers working in the daytime, with just 11 spaces, so where do the other 280 odd cabs go?

"We want the council to look at this because we are losing customers."image

‘Valuable job’

Under the current arrangements, taxis which cannot find a space on the rank have to park in the nearby Hill Street car park.

They can then move onto Navigation Street when spaces become available.

Chris Neville, head of licensing at the city council,  said: "We recognise that taxis perform a valuable job and they’ve got to earn a living but they can’t do so at the expense of other motorists and snarl up the city centre.

"If the drivers used the car park facility that has been provided for them, half of these problems wouldn’t exist."

Drivers have also started a petition calling for more pick-up points around the station.

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