Stenhousemuir shortcut closed to cabbies

Lido Lane
Lido Lane

Taxi drivers are unhappy about plans to put the brakes on them using a quiet residential street as a shortcut.

But Falkirk Council said the new traffic order is needed for public safety.

Following the regeneration of Stenhousemuir town centre, the local authority proposed only allowing buses and cycles to use Lido Lane.

However, Councillor Steven Carleschi successfully moved that taxis should also be allowed along it.

After being contacted by residents of James Street, he is now backing the new order which will stop traffic turning left, instead forcing them to go along Park Drive.

Mr Carlischi said: “I originally proposed allowing taxis to use Lido Lane as it seemed to make sense because it was close to the rank.

“Admittedly many of those causing the problem of driving along James Street, often at speed, are not taxis but by stopping everyone from using it should bring an improvement for the residents.”

Taxi driver John Kennedy is not convinced. He said: “It will increase the journey time for passengers. We will make more money from it but what about the passengers, many elderly, who rely on our service? It will cost them more.”

Falkirk Council said the new route only adds 34 metres on to a journey from Lido Lane to McLachlan Street and is necessary to “safeguard residential amenity from through traffic”.

It received 45 objections to the proposal.

Councillors could have ordered a hearing on the proposed order but, following site visit, agreed it should be granted.