A request has been made to create a permanent taxi rank at Aberdeen’s new concert venue.
It comes as construction work enters its final phase at The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) ahead of a summer opening.
Operator SMG has asked Aberdeen City Council’s licensing committee for permission to establish a new permanent rank for a maximum of 12 taxis.
It has also requested an additional taxi drop-off area is created adjacent to this, which would hold up to nine taxis.
A letter to the council from TECA’s general manager said: “A permanent taxi rank onsite at TECA will give our visitors connectivity to the surrounding area, namely Aberdeen International Airport, just minutes from the city’s new western peripheral route, and in prime position for rail links between Aberdeen and the north of Scotland.”
The letter added that to help with the overall traffic management of the site, TECA will host more than 2,000 car parking spaces and is in discussions with First Bus and Stagecoach to arrange bus routes to travel through the site.
The rank would also provide a service for the two hotels on the site – Aloft and Hilton.
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The letter also said: “With the rank being in place for the opening of TECA we can correctly manage the taxis in this area, allowing us to prohibit private hires using our rank.
“The permanent taxi rank will also support the traffic management for SPE Offshore Europe which will be held in September.
“With the new venue comes new opportunities, and SPE Offshore Europe will bring around 36,000 attendees and more than 900 exhibitors from international market leaders to new innovative companies.”
The new £333 million venue, which is being delivered by Aberdeen City Council and its development partner Henry Boot Developments and is being constructed by Robertson Group, will open this summer.
Bosses have revealed a number of public events before the venue’s first conference, Offshore Europe, from September 3-6.
The 12,500-capacity main arena will host conferences, exhibitions and music concerts.
The local authority’s licensing committee was to consider the request at a meeting today.