Status: 29.11.2023, 16:36 PM
By: Sascha Karowski
The taxi rank at the south entrance of the main station is to be removed. © Axel Haesler
The taxi rank at the south entrance of the main station is to be removed at the turn of the year. The drivers are alarmed, there are no replacements yet.
Munich - It's pretty crazy: At the turn of the year, Deutsche Bahn is cancelling the parking space for Munich's taxi drivers. And not just any old one, but the big one in front of the main train station, on Bayerstraße, next to the Sofitel. There is currently space for about 30 vehicles. The area should be cleared by 22 January.
Taxi ranks at the main station are to be removed - reason are construction work for the second main line of the S-Bahn
The reason for this is construction work for the second main line. A pit is being dug at the south entrance. Where the taxi drivers will park then - is currently open. Thomas Kroker, CEO of Taxi EG Munich, speaks of a high level of urgency. Because: Due to the new tram tracks (in the direction of Schützenstraße), taxi ranks have already been eliminated, and due to the second main line project, the parking areas in the north of the area have also been eliminated.
"Munich will soon be the largest train station - without a taxi rank," says Kroker. Taxi EG München is the tenant of the space. It has been known for two years that the area will be omitted due to the construction work. But talks with the city have so far yielded little, and planned alternative locations have been cancelled, for example on Goethestraße, where construction is now also underway. "If the last taxi rank at the station is no longer available, the taxi drivers will look for other places. They have to earn money," says Kroker. "Chaos is inevitable."
No more taxi ranks at the main station: Green city councillor Sibylle Stöhr calls on the city to act quickly
The topic has now reached Munich City Hall. The city should quickly create a replacement, the Greens demand. After all, time is of the essence. And such a busy transport hub could not function without a taxi service.
Green councillor Sibylle Stöhr, who also chairs the city's taxi commission, says that hundreds of people want to use a taxi every day at the south exit of the station.
"Travellers with limited mobility are particularly dependent on it." But the location is also important for the taxi industry. "We call on the city to quickly create replacements within sight so that the taxi infrastructure is guaranteed at this central mobility hub at all times."