PCC pleased to support Taxi Marshal scheme in Ipswich

Funded by Ipswich Central, Ipswich Borough Council and the Police Crime Commissioner, the Taxi Marshal service operates between 11.30pm and 4.30am every weekend of the year. The Service, which has been in operation since 2013 at the Old Cattle Market bus station has recently undergone a review with Stage Security winning the contract in June.

“Supporting our night-time economy is a vital part of our work” said Ipswich Central Chair Terry Baxter. “Ensuring people find a taxi easily and safely, and therefore enjoy the end of their night out as much as the evening itself is important to those businesses open in the evenings.”

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner said, “It is extremely important that Ipswich town centre is a safe and welcoming location where people can come to enjoy an evening out.

“My Police and Crime Plan highlights the need for investment in the local economy as a key driver for a safer county, I truly believe a vibrant economy encourages growth and supports job security which in turn cuts crime.”

“I am happy to financially support this marshalling project for the fifth year. I can see tangible benefits for the Constabulary and for the people in Ipswich on weekend evenings. People get home quicker and more safely and fewer people hanging around after the pubs and clubs close reduces potential disorder which in turn reduces the pressure on the Constabulary. Everyone wins.”

Councillor Alasdair Ross, Ipswich Borough Council portfolio-holder for Community Protection, said: “We want to ensure residents and visitors to the town centre feel safer at the end of the evening. It is all part of our determination to support the night-time economy and we welcome the support of our partners.”