Where will the new Tralee town cen­tre taxi ranks be lo­cated?

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - TRALEE FOCUS - By SI­MON BROUDER

FOL­LOW­ING the pass­ing of new bye-laws to for­mally in­tro­duce new taxi ranks in Tralee town cen­tre there has been some con­fu­sion over the ex­act lo­ca­tion of the new ranks and when they will op­er­ate.

In all there will be eight taxi ranks – of vary­ing sizes – op­er­at­ing in the town cen­tre on a 24-hour and night time only ba­sis.

Three full time 24-hour ranks will op­er­ate at Bridge Lane and Bridge Street (next to Shaws Depart­ment Store) which will have ca­pac­ity for nine taxis; at Abb­ey­court (next to Boots Phar­macy) which will have ca­pac­ity for eight taxis and at Ed­ward Street (op­po­site the post Of­fice) which will have six taxi spa­ces.

In ad­di­tion there will be an ad­di­tional five ranks which will op­er­ate at night only.

From 7pm to 7am taxis will be able to use four spa­ces on The Mall im­me­di­ately in front of the Ea­son newsagents out­let.

Seven spa­ces will be avail­able on a rank in the Abbey Car Park, ad­ja­cent to Cas­sidy’s Res­tau­rant, from 6.30pm to 8.30am.

Three spa­ces will be avail­able at Bridge Street, one in front of Shaws and two in front of ‘Small’ Ben­ners Hard­ware shop from 9pm to 7am. Two of these spa­ces will be avail­able 24-hours as men­tioned pre­vi­ously.

On Up­per Cas­tle Street, op­po­site Benner’s Ho­tel, there will be a two-space night-time only rank op­er­at­ing from 6.30pm to 8.30am.

Fi­nally on Rus­sell Street, across the road from the Brogue Inn, there will be a three-space rank op­er­at­ing from 6.30pm to 8.30am.

Kerry County Coun­cil have promised to in­stall prom­i­nent street sig­nage around the town cen­tre to di­rect cus­tomers to the near­est rank and ex­plain­ing the times they will be op­er­at­ing.

There has also been a pledge from the coun­cil that gar­dai and traf­fic war­dens will be pa­trolling the ranks to en­sure no mem­bers of the pub­lic park in them and block taxis’ ac­cess.

Mem­bers of the Tralee Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion protest­ing on Bridge Street, Tralee in July against Kerry County Coun­cil’s plans for new taxi ranks in the town. (Pic­tured) Bren­dan O’Sul­li­van, Der­mot Ryan, An­thony Di­neen, Frank Ryle, Kevin Cof­fey and Michael O’Sul­li­van Jnr.

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