Supplementary Memorandum by Railtrack
TAXIS AND RAILWAY STATIONS
Railtrack owns over 2,500 stations, most of
which are leased to train operating companies. However, there
are 14 Major Stations which Railtrack manages itself: Birmingham
New Street, Edinburgh Waverley, Gatwick Airport, Glasgow Central,
Leeds, Manchester Piccadilly and the London stations at Euston,
Liverpool Street, Charing Cross, King's Cross, London Bridge,
Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo.
At the London Major Stations Railtrack does
not charge taxis and "black cabs" are the only authorised
providers of taxi services.
Railtrack does charge taxis to rank at Major
Stations outside the capital. This practice was adopted from BR.
Railtrack regularly tenders the contracts to ensure that all appropriate
and qualified local companies have the opportunity to bid for
the provision of taxi services. The policy has helped ensure a
well ordered quality of service to passengers.
The provision of taxis at non-Major Stations
is a matter for the train operating companies.