As a temporary arrangement during this period, minibus-taxi operators will operate from the Grand Parade opposite the Cape Town City Hall in Darling Street.

‘The Station Deck taxi rank dates back to 1996 when the roof scape of the Cape Town station opposite the Civic Centre was used as a minibus-taxi rank for the first time. It is one of the city’s key taxi ranks where thousands of commuters from suburbs across the city such as Bellville, Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, Manenberg, Mowbray and Wynberg get into and out of their taxis.

Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, is investing approximately R1 million to improve the facilities at the Station Deck,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Maintenance teams will paint the buildings and road markings, repair the lighting, repair potholes and cracks in the road surface and sidewalks, and install new destination boards to assist commuters in finding the correct departure lanes to their destinations.

As part of the maintenance and repair work, new lanes will be allocated to the various destinations – the details of which will be communicated to the operators and commuters in due course. In order to carry out the maintenance and repairs unhindered, public access to certain areas will be restricted. Furthermore, no taxis will be allowed onto the Station Deck until Thursday 30 April 2015, when operators can return to the taxi rank.

Meetings were held with the representatives from all of the minibus-taxi associations that operate from the Station Deck taxi rank to inform them about the maintenance project and temporary relocation. Law Enforcement will also assist with the temporary minibus-taxi operations from the Grand Parade as from 24 April 2015. Commuters are requested to please familiarise themselves with this temporary arrangement and the City wants to thank them in advance for their patience while we are in the process of improving the facilities at the Station Deck.

Commuters are requested to please phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 for more information during this maintenance period.

‘Once we have completed the repairs, the City will also implement a new operational plan to alleviate the congestion on the Station Deck. A new access control system for legal operators with the authority to drop off and pick up passengers will be implemented, which will assist in preventing illegal operators from entering and operating at the taxi rank. This will be to the benefit of legal operators, as well as to the commuters,’ said Councillor Herron.