Belfast music hub boss says ’embarrassing’ Night Out transportation problems need to be solved

For many people, finding a taxi home at the end of the night in Belfast has recently become a difficult ordeal.

In form of City Centre Reopening its doors to nightlife, shopping and tourism, it has prompted the owner of a major live music venue to intervene.

Charlotte Dryden, CEO of Oh Yes Music Center Cathedral Quarterhas highlighted the city’s “serious problem” with night-time transport, especially at weekends, terming it “shameful”.

Read more: Why is it still so difficult to get a taxi in Belfast?

In a tweet in the early hours of Sunday morning, Charlotte wrote: “Hey @Translink_NI @niexecutive @belfastCC & the cab. We have a serious problem.

“We are losing customers who panic at missing the last bus/train or not getting a chance to take a taxi. We can’t claim to be a great destination if we don’t sort it out. Embarrassing.”

She continued: “Our gig was free. It was a showcase. An annual event. We have adapted (to order) most of our events to allow access to public transport.

“But you’d expect people to be outside longer than you can confidently be on a Saturday night bank holiday. The streets are full of people trying to get home.”

Charlotte said one solution would be to improve Belfast’s late night public transport.

His tweet prompted an overwhelming response from others who have faced transportation issues while enjoying a night in Belfast.

“I was surprised by the response because it clearly created a strong backlash about how we need better infrastructure around public transport,” she said Belfast Live,

“I have been working in the Cathedral Quarter for 14 years and it has really grown. It is amazing to see Belfast as such an international city now and a wonderful place to see it because there is so much happening .

“This weekend was unreal with the AVA Festival and Billie Eilish playing Friday nights, while our own schedules were also around smaller venues over four days.”

Charlotte said: “We are doing all this great cultural work, bringing people into the city as well as the local community to enjoy and come back again after the pandemic, but the demand around public transport has not been met. is happening.

“When you are running an venue you want your audience, community and customers to have a great experience overall and be safe when they go home. When you are trying to make a great offering in the city If so, it is really disappointing.

“It was probably our first big weekend since coming out of lockdown and it was great to be back there again. Although I spent most of the weekend talking to people who said they had a great night, we got our place early. Have to leave. Catch the last bus or train home because they knew they wouldn’t get a taxi.

“We’re running some events early to make sure people get home but every time you run a little later because there’s an audience that wants a late night.

“Now we can’t get it done so we’re in a hitch and it came to a head this weekend because there was a lot going on. I was driving home from work on Friday nights and people were just everywhere.” It was the same on Saturday.

“TransLink provides a good service but an alternative might be to operate a late night service on weekends in the summer. I don’t think it would be as difficult as they think in a city that itself is a great place to be.” Presenting as an international destination. Weekend break.”

A taxi driver for Value Cabs Recently spoke to Belfast LiveBut did not want to give his name about the ongoing transportation problems in the city.

he said between Epidemic Slowing business, rising cost of living and the availability of stable work elsewhere, taxiing had become a far less attractive option.

He said there was some talk of a fare hike around the time of March, but it didn’t progress anywhere before last month. assembly elections,

He also said that the lack of taxi drivers for work meant that people were less likely to drive into the city center for fear of waiting hours outside at night, meaning the cycle would continue without interference.

Meanwhile, Stephen Anton of Phonecab said that the number of drivers leaving and not returning during the pandemic has taken a toll on their numbers.

He said that from around 1,440 drivers available before Covid-19, they have now grown to around 900.

infrastructure department (DFI) and TransLink have been contacted for comment.

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