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Here is a link to my news story: http://hyperfruit.net/2016/11/hull-expensive-taxi-fares/

Who’s to blame for overpriced taxi fares around Hull?

Taxi drivers have been left furious because of construction and refurbishment work taking place in Hull city centre.

They feel they have been unfairly blamed by customers for their fare prices going up and think it is unfair that they are taking the brunt of customers’ anger.

Taxi driver Olly Burton, 54, said: “It is ridiculous, all this chaos created is just because of the Hull City of Culture coming up.”

Council chiefs hope the work will improve the paths and roads around the town, ahead of next year’s celebration.

Mr Burton added: “Think they haven’t been taking care of the people of Hull in all this. It’s not fair to the people when a normal fare of £3.80 is now costing around double because of road closures or diversions.”

Waiting times are all strained and people are waiting much longer than they would normally. This is making customers frustrated and sometimes late for their appointments.

Local taxi user Howard Wilson said: “Sounds to me like a taxi driver trying to blame their higher prices on someone else.”

Another member of the public, Joshua Smith, 21 added: “Shame these are the same people who complain Hull is a crap hole and needs developing. Now the Council has got funds to invest and change our city. People need to just hold steady. In the long run hopefully, Hull will be better”

Many people are very vocal about the issues surrounding the city centre’s disruptions and what their experiences have been like using the public transport services.

Emma Williams expresses her frustrations and how she feels taxi companies should have deals on and not expose people to extortionate prices. She went on to say that she is a frequent user of taxi services as she is a wheelchair user and relies on them considerably to get around.

The work is ongoing and is due to be finished early in the new year. No confirmation with a specific date, as of yet.
Who do you think is to blame?

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