Liverpool operator gets go-ahead for city centre waiting lounge

Major Liverpool private hire operator Alpha Cars, which operates 400 cars in the city, has been given the green light to open a city centre booking office and waiting lounge.

The office, in a historic Victorian warehouse in Duke Street, will enable passengers to book their private hire car and wait in a lounge for their vehicle to pick them up at the front door. Liverpool City Council Planning Committee unaminously approved the plan, the brainchild of Alpha Cars owner James Bradley.

He said: “I have been working on this scheme for some years in response to requests from passengers, and particularly female customers, who want, and deserve, a safe and secure environment.”

The waiting lounge will have a coffee bar, and will be overseen by closed circuit television. During the evenings security staff will be on duty for added safety. “I am delighted Merseyside Police gave its full backing to this scheme,” said Bradley. “Liverpool has developed leaps and bounds as a tourist city with a thriving evening economy. Simultaneously, the private hire side of the taxi trade has also improved dramatically. This scheme will finally bring the private hire business into the 21st century.”

He added: “Additionally it will make a major contribution to greener transport by introducing a central pick-up point, reducing the number of cars circulating in and around the city centre.”

Alpha Cars has a fleet of 400 private hire vehicles and we have the most sophisticated GPS (Global Positioning System) available to control and manage our entire fleet.

"Liverpool has been crying out for the kind of facility we want to provide. We aim to start work as quickly as possible".

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