TRANSPORT NSW relocated the taxi rank to the corner of The Crescent and Ware Street, Fairfield, to increase the capacity for bus services as part of the Fairfield transport interchange.
In response to the Champion's story last week that highlighted Fairfield taxi drivers' anger at the change, Transport NSW spokeswoman Kate Kelly said the interchange was upgraded to increase the capacity for bus services, as well as providing a more efficient, functional and user-friendly environment for commuters and pedestrians.
"The project includes reconfiguring the bus interchange, providing additional commuter car parking, relocating the taxi rank, changes to timed and commuter car parking spaces, extending the station forecourt, upgrading [video] camera surveillance and providing new paving, seating, landscaping and signage," she said.
"Customers are already benefiting from the project, with 57 new commuter car parking spaces opening at Wilga Street, Fairfield, in July."
Ms Kelly said the rank would cater for up to seven permanent spaces when construction was complete.
"Access to the new taxi rank on The Crescent will be improved once the interchange project is completed in early 2014 and a new raised pedestrian crossing is installed [to link] the upgraded station forecourt with the taxi rank and businesses on The Crescent."
She also said "extensive consultation" had been undertaken with the community, including businesses on The Crescent and the NSW Taxi Council, since early 2012.