Marshals make a return to village

Tynemouth Front Street.
Tynemouth Front Street.
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A popular initiative has been reintroduced to Tynemouth.

Taxi marshals have been re-launched in the village thanks to funding from the Safer North Tyneside partnership.

Two marshals will manage Front Street’s busy taxi rank on a Friday and Saturday night, providing reassurance and greater crowd control.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “With Tynemouth’s bars and restaurants being as popular as ever, it’s important we manage the night-time economy to ensure those living nearby aren’t disturbed.

“Taxi marshals have proven to be very successful in the past – improving safety, ensuring people only use licensed taxis and reducing opportunities for anti-social behaviour and disorder – so I’m pleased they’re returning.

“When the scheme ran previously in Tynemouth and Whitley Bay, we received very positive feedback.”

Chief Inspector Nicola Musgrove added: “We’re pleased the marshals are making a return to Tynemouth.”

“The scheme has proved successful over the years and we of course give our support to it.

“The marshals manage large queues towards the end of the night, helping people stay safe, calm and in good spirits.

“They also work well alongside our officers meaning they can concentrate their efforts on the small minority who may become disorderly so that action can be taken.”

Only taxis licensed by North Tyneside Council can use the official ranks. They must be black in colour and clearly marked as a taxi with a white licence plate on the rear of the vehicle.

The taxi marshal scheme will run for 12-weeks initially.