A new, relocated secure taxi rank will begin operating in Fremantle this Friday night (15 November) to improve safety and security and reduce waiting times for taxis in peak demand periods.
The new Henderson Street Mall taxi rank–which will operate between 10.00 pm – 6.00 am on Friday and Saturday nights–is expected to reduce anti-social behaviour with significantly upgraded security. This will include better trained and more engaging security personal, increased use of CCTV and the implementation of specialised ID machines.
Funding of the new taxi rank was made available through the Fremantle Nightclub Differential Rate, which came into effect in FY2011. The total cost to implement the new taxi rank is approximately $380k, which includes the first 12 months operating costs
If the new taxi rank proves to be successful the City will look to build permanent infrastructure including shelters, fixed lighting and additional CCTV cameras.
The taxi rank will move from its current location at the front of the Fremantle Markets to the Henderson Street Mall (in between Sail and Anchor Hotel and Fremantle Markets). Taxi drivers will access the new location from William St and drive through the mall to South Terrace, eliminating the need for u-turns and speeding up the flow of taxis.
A raft of new security measures will be implemented including a new highly trained security team. The security team will have a direct line of communication with police and will assist patrons lining up for a taxi with information on estimated waiting times and trip costs. They will also be trained on conflict avoidance techniques.
Other measures include the trial of an electronic ID scanner to improve security of both patrons and drivers, enhanced lighting, dedicated CCTV coverage reporting back to the City’s staffed monitoring room and greater accessibility to public toilets in the area.
CEO Fremantle Chamber of Commerce
Fremantle Chamber of Commerce