TAXI services in Warrnambool’s main street will be upgraded with the installation of a weather-proof shelter to keep passengers dry.
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The state government announced that it will inject $139,200 into constructing a shelter, seating, signage and a pedestrian barrier at the Liebig Street taxi rank.

Regional Cities Minister Denis Napthine said the refurbishment works would improve passenger safety, especially people using the service late at night or early in the morning.

He said the new facilities would bring Warrnambool into line with other regional cities and improve services used by tourists.

“This is a big win for passengers, drivers and the Warrnambool community,” Dr Napthine said.

The funding will go towards the construction of a weather-proof shelter with seating, prominent signage and a pedestrian barrier.

“Lighting at the site, near the corner of Lava Street, will also be upgraded, to ensure the rank is safe for people waiting for a taxi at night.

“Roadworks will also better separate pedestrians and traffic (which will make) it easier for passengers to get in and out of a cab.”

The funding was awarded to Warrnambool City Council through the third round of the $4 million Taxi Rank Safety Program. The taxi cab rank is located near the Liebig and Lava streets intersection, at the base of the T&G building clocktower.

Warrnambool mayor Jacinta Ermacora said redevelopment of the taxi rank would be welcomed by locals and tourists alike.

She said any improvement to taxi services would encourage more people to return safely home after a night out in the city.

“It all adds to ensuring that a night out in Warrnambool is a safe and enjoyable one,” Cr Ermacora said.

“Anything that works to reduce the number of people drinking and driving is a good thing.”

Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the program was making real improvements to the appearance and safety of taxi ranks right throughout Victoria.

He said the initiative had already pumped $1.5 million into council projects statewide.

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