People out partying in Gloucester can stay safe in the knowledge that taxi marshals will continue to keep an eye out for their welfare. Taxi marshals were introduced to Gloucester to make people in the City feel safe as they make their way home on Friday and Saturday nights.
Initially, the scheme was paid for through funding from Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, but the money ran out in June last year.
But now, thanks to a grant of more than £7,000 from Gloucester Business Improvement District (BiD) and Gloucester City Council, taxi marshals will help out near the taxi rank outside GL1 Leisure Centre on Eastgate street.
Manager of Butlers and Gloucester BID board member, Justin Hudson, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to assist our vibrant night time economy by contributing towards the taxi marshals. It is a tried and tested, and now, requisite service to ensure that Gloucester’s night time economy continues to flourish.’
Councillor Jennie Watkins, cabinet member for Communities and Neighbourhoods at Gloucester City Council, said: ‘I am delighted that the Gloucester Business Improvement District have agreed to support the taxi marshals. It is vital that the scheme can continue as the marshals’ presence makes a big difference to members of the public getting home safely from the city centre.’