Shropshire Council

Claremont Street, Shrewsbury - experimental taxi bay

  • Period: 15 February 2015 - 12 August 2015
  • Status: Closed
  • Audiences: Everyone
  • Topics: Traffic management
  • Type: Public

We are considering providing an all-day taxi rank for Hackney Carriages close to the main shopping and commercial facilities in Shrewsbury town centre on Claremont Street.

To enable this Shropshire Council will:

  • Re-designate the Disabled Parking Bay adjacent to Blacks retail shop as a Taxi Bay and,
  • Re-allocate a short section of the Pay & Display Bay adjacent to Timpsons shoe repair shop for Blue Badge parking.

The local Hackney Carriage Association have long held a desire to have improved taxi rank facilities within Shrewsbury town centre. The only current all day taxi facility in Shrewsbury is at the railway station. The introduction of a taxi rank close to the town centre will provide people with an alternate transport option when visiting the area, and may assist in increasing the economy of the town. The chosen location of Claremont Street is to try to reduce the number of taxi movements through the main shopping streets from the railway station taxi rank.

Re-designating the Blue Badge Parking bay to a taxi rank provides a facility as close as practicable to the main shopping areas of Shrewsbury and, being adjacent to Mardol Head, provides a location that is visible and a place for those wishing to use a taxi to wait without impacting on other pedestrian movements.  The re-allocation of part of the pay & display bay to disabled persons parking aims to compensate for the loss of the space that is to be re-designated as a Taxi Bay.

Nearby on Shoplatch there are two Blue Badge Parking bays. Additionally, Blue Badge holders are allowed to park all day at no cost within any pay and display bay. Within the DfT’s Inclusive Mobility document there is no specific percentage for Blue Badge Holder parking bays for on-street parking, but they do recommend that new car parks have 5% of their bays allocated as disabled parking.

Further, all Hackney Carriages should have facilities for disabled people.  Therefore, any loss of specific on-street disabled parking would potentially be compensated by providing an alternate facility to enable those disabled people who are not able to drive, or do not have access to a vehicle, to access the town centre.

These changes will:

  • improve the amenities of the Mardol Head area by providing a suitable place for Hackney Carriages (Taxis) to legally and safely operate from.
  • offer more sustainable transport options for the public to make use of.


On 11 February 2015 Shropshire Council made an experimental traffic order to bring into force the following parking restrictions:

No Waiting At Any Time - Except Taxis

Claremont Street

(south side)

Between points 10 metres and 26 metres west of its junction with Mardol

Disabled Badge Holder Only

Claremont Street

(south side)

Between points 40 metres and 52 metres west of its junction with Mardol

The existing restrictions at these locations are suspended for the duration of this order.

This Order comes into effect on 22 February 2015 and will operate for a period of up to twelve months.  The Council will be considering in due course whether its provisions should continue in force indefinitely.

A copy of the order, a relevant plan, and a statement of the Council's reasons for making the order, may be examined during normal office hours at the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, and at Shrewsbury Library, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury.  

If you wish to raise an objection, express support or make any other comments about these proposals, please do so in writing using the details on this page.

If you wish to question the validity of the order, or of any of its provisions, on the grounds that they are not within the powers conferred by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, or that any requirement of the Act or of any instrument made under it has not been complied with in relation to the Order you may, within six weeks from 11 February 2015, apply for the purpose to the High Court.


Scheme ran on an experimental basis for one year. It ended in February 2016 when it was decided not to make these changes permanent.

If you wish to raise an objection, express support or make any other comments about these proposals, please do so in writing using the details on this page.

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