Royal Bolton Hospital should have a taxi rank, say cab drivers

Charlie Oakes

Charlie Oakes

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A BLACK cab rank should be allowed at the Royal Bolton Hospital for patients, say taxi drivers.

Charlie Oakes, chairman of the Bolton-based Hackney Carriage Association, said he has been asking for the past three years for a rank at the hospital.

Now hospital bosses say they are open to the possibility as they look to renovate the main entrance and the A&E entrance.

Mr Oakes, who worked as a porter at the hospital in the 1970s, said it was encouraging to hear that the hospital would look into the plans.

He added: “We’ve written to the hospital over the past three years saying we wanted to provide a rank and they said they hadn’t got an awful lot of space.

“But at the end of the day how much space does a couple of hackney carriages need?”

“I can’t see a rank not working there. If patients are incapacitated and can’t have an ambulance to take them home, services by a hackney are preferable to using a private hire vehicle.”

Cllr Nick Peel, Bolton Council’s cabinet member in charge of licensing, said he would support such a move.

He added: “The council will officially be neutral on this issue, but I personally don’t see any problems with it.

“I think some patients would welcome it and it might end up that some patients choose to use the hackney carriage over a private hire vehicle.”

Heather Edwards, head of communications in Royal Bolton Hospital, said the bid by the association is something they would look into.

She added: “We haven’t received a formal request for this, but it is something we would consider.

“We already have plans to make improvements to Accident and Emergency and the main entrance, so potentially we could look at including a taxi rank in that.”

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9:57am Thu 24 Jul 14

Lapdog says...

There are numerous taxi ranks around the town which never see a hackney carriage!! The drivers all use just the Town Hall and train station ranks (or Bradshawgate at night) causing chaos by over-ranking (which the council should stop).

If the hospital are going to consider providing a taxi rank they need a binding commitment from the taxi trade that the rank will be reliably serviced by hackney carriages. They won't get such a commitment because taxi drivers are self employed and the taxi associations can't give such a commitment.

The hospital is off the beaten track for taxi drivers and they won't drive out there on the off chance of a fare.

There are better options to provide transport for patients and visitors.
There are numerous taxi ranks around the town which never see a hackney carriage!! The drivers all use just the Town Hall and train station ranks (or Bradshawgate at night) causing chaos by over-ranking (which the council should stop). If the hospital are going to consider providing a taxi rank they need a binding commitment from the taxi trade that the rank will be reliably serviced by hackney carriages. They won't get such a commitment because taxi drivers are self employed and the taxi associations can't give such a commitment. The hospital is off the beaten track for taxi drivers and they won't drive out there on the off chance of a fare. There are better options to provide transport for patients and visitors. Lapdog
  • Score: 7

10:40am Thu 24 Jul 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

If a patient is released from hospital in a situation where an ordinary vehicle is not appropriate - I would have assumed there is a duty of care to get them home safely? Why could they not have an ambulance?

Does anyone know about this?

'If patients are incapacitated and can’t have an ambulance to take them home, services by a hackney are preferable to using a private hire vehicle'
If a patient is released from hospital in a situation where an ordinary vehicle is not appropriate - I would have assumed there is a duty of care to get them home safely? Why could they not have an ambulance? Does anyone know about this? 'If patients are incapacitated and can’t have an ambulance to take them home, services by a hackney are preferable to using a private hire vehicle' Boltonresident2012
  • Score: -2

11:14am Thu 24 Jul 14

954job says...

A designated pick up/drop off point near the main entrance would be more important. Although you can drive through the undercover part of it, there are many times when it is blocked by vehicles picking up wheelchair users which obviously takes time. If someone has been to an outpatient appointment, and is waiting to be picked up by a relative/friend, the only place to pull in for a quick pick up, is the bus stops. There are always cones out to say this isn't allowed and double yellow lines elsewhere. So where on earth are you supposed to stop?
A designated pick up/drop off point near the main entrance would be more important. Although you can drive through the undercover part of it, there are many times when it is blocked by vehicles picking up wheelchair users which obviously takes time. If someone has been to an outpatient appointment, and is waiting to be picked up by a relative/friend, the only place to pull in for a quick pick up, is the bus stops. There are always cones out to say this isn't allowed and double yellow lines elsewhere. So where on earth are you supposed to stop? 954job
  • Score: 7

11:58am Thu 24 Jul 14

giraffe89 says...

I think having taxis available would be useful, but hackney carriages are extremely expensive and people of Bolton tend to avoid them unless they're falling into one on Bradshawgate.

I do agree there needs to be a pick up/drop off point - Max stay 15 mins sort of thing!
I think having taxis available would be useful, but hackney carriages are extremely expensive and people of Bolton tend to avoid them unless they're falling into one on Bradshawgate. I do agree there needs to be a pick up/drop off point - Max stay 15 mins sort of thing! giraffe89
  • Score: 8

2:56pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Percy Thrower says...

I would crawl before I got in a black cab. Why should it be only hackney carriages.I think it should be up for grabs by whoever will provide the cheapest and best service, which certainly isn't black cabs. Maybe metro could build a base on or near the hospital.

Also this is going to create more problems with parking and dropping off/picking up. Going to need more pretend traffic wardens, with made up job titles out there. Can't catch us all out with CCTV anymore, although they will probably try.
I would crawl before I got in a black cab. Why should it be only hackney carriages.I think it should be up for grabs by whoever will provide the cheapest and best service, which certainly isn't black cabs. Maybe metro could build a base on or near the hospital. Also this is going to create more problems with parking and dropping off/picking up. Going to need more pretend traffic wardens, with made up job titles out there. Can't catch us all out with CCTV anymore, although they will probably try. Percy Thrower
  • Score: -1

4:56pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Ernagy2 says...

Definitely should be a taxi rank. But I would still argue that the Royal Bolton could be part of a tram service to Manchester with right thinking councillors. That's not a joke. Plenty of land and easy route from Bolton station. Biggest expense would be mending the bridge and the turning past bishop bridgeman school
Definitely should be a taxi rank. But I would still argue that the Royal Bolton could be part of a tram service to Manchester with right thinking councillors. That's not a joke. Plenty of land and easy route from Bolton station. Biggest expense would be mending the bridge and the turning past bishop bridgeman school Ernagy2
  • Score: 2

7:04pm Thu 24 Jul 14

MrBritish says...

I thought there already WAS a taxi rank, oh no wait, that's the bus stop they're always parking in. Instead of giving them a taxi rank, how about the council provide them all with a copy of the Highway Code, because they've certainly not read it yet.
I thought there already WAS a taxi rank, oh no wait, that's the bus stop they're always parking in. Instead of giving them a taxi rank, how about the council provide them all with a copy of the Highway Code, because they've certainly not read it yet. MrBritish
  • Score: 3

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