Wiltshire

Swindon taxi drivers criticise station revamp

Taxi drivers in Swindon say work to revamp the town's railway station is ruining their business.

The work has forced traffic to be diverted through the taxi rank, with cabs now parking in nearby Gloucester Street.

One driver said: "It's affected us quite badly as now where we are queuing we've lost 25% of the business."

Ian Piper, of development company Forward Swindon, has asked the drivers to "bear with it."

He said the £1.75m development is currently in its "worst phase of disruption" but that by 17 November, the road in front of the station will be reinstated and a temporary drop off point and taxi rank will be in place.

Work is due to be completed in May 2012.

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