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Taxis in Carlisle

This page covers a brief detail on Taxis in Carlisle, population in Carlisle, about the start of the taxi business and taxi ranks. If you find any information that is inaccurate, please do let us know. We will update it accordingly.

Taxis in Carlisle hold a prominent place in the life of every person living in Carlisle. The taxicabs in Carlisle have been serving many families almost over the decades. Since then, a lot of changes have taken place in the taxi industry. They are in service, quality, competitiveness and administration.

Taxi rank at the Carlisle train station

Population in Carlisle

From various sources we have studied that the population of Carlisle in 1801 was 32,825. Census records prove that the population of Carlisle in 2001 was 71,773. The population including those who lived in the wider city was 100,734. According to 2011 census, the city’s population had risen to 75,306, with 107,524 in the wider city. The population in 2019 is 108,400.

How did the taxi business start?

The public hire was in place as early as 1635. In the year 1635, England implemented the Hackney Carriage Act. This act, controlled horse-drawn carriages for hire in England.

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The horse cab business evolved into two distinct branches. They were livery cabs and street cabs. The livery cabs were operated out of livery stables. The street cabs needed a license to pick up fares at public taxi ranks or when hailed. Today we call it as Private Hire Taxi and Hackney Carriage Taxi.

The licensing of the street cabs gave an opportunity to open a taxi business. They required to display the license plate as we currently see today.

Taxi industry saw a major change when the automobiles replaced the horse carriages. Who invented automobile industry is a matter of opinion. One inventor whom we need to give credit to the automobile invention is Karl (Carl) Benz. Karl Benz was from Germany and many suggest that he created the first true automobile in 1882-86.

Later in the year 1897 Gottlieb Daimler built the world’s first dedicated taxi. On 16 June 1897 Friedrich Greiner received the Daimler Victoria taxi. He was an entrepreneur who started the world’s first motorized taxi company. The first motorized London taxi, the 1897 Bersey. It was an electric one and known as the Hummingbird because of its sound.

Reformation of taxi industry

By the end of 19th century the automobiles almost replaced the horse drawn carriages. On March 21, 1910, the Winnipeg Free Press announced the arrival of their first taxicabs. It was a part of a fleet of Franklin town cars introduced by the Winnipeg Taxicab Company. By the end of 1910, there were three taxicab companies operating in Winnipeg. It had a combined fleet of 28 cars.

How taxi ranks came into existence?

The cab drivers and the cab owners had competing interests. Hence, they use to pick busy streets to park their taxis to attract the pedestrians. This was affecting the business owners of other trade with their deliveries. They objected to the lines of taxis interfering with their customer parking. Dedicated taxi ranks were set up by the council when complaints increased from them.

Taxi ranks in Carlisle

We have currently have five designated taxi ranks in Carlisle. They are as follows.

1. Carlisle train station

2. English street

3. Warwick road

4. Portland place

5. Lonsdale street.

Carlisle train station taxi rank is the busiest taxi rank of all times. This is due to the moment of people either to or from train and shopping. It is also close to Botchergate where there are lots of pubs and restaurants.

Taxi rank at the Carlisle train station

The second busiest rank in Carlisle is at the English street. This is due to some of the supermarkets like B&M, Tesco, Marks & Spencer’s which are here in this street. Apart from this it is also close to hotel like Crown and Mitre and shopping centre in the lanes. There are many offices situated at the Castle street. Banks Clydesdale bank, HSBC Barclays bank and Santander bank, are close to this rank. So, the moment of traffic is much more here compared to other ranks.

Taxi rank at the English Street

The third busiest rank in Carlisle is at top end of Warwick road. This is very busy during weekends especially on Friday, Saturday and Bank holidays. It is in front of Halston hotel and opposite of Dempsey’s restaurant. You have dining place like eaten by monsters, the last zebra, Alexandros nearer to this rank. Nando’s is also very close to this rank too.

Taxi rank at the warwick road

The other two ranks are at the Portland place and Lonsdale street. But we have hardly seen much of customers waiting for the taxis at this rank. Thanks to Carlisle City Council for setting up the taxi rank at this location. As the city is growing, we are sure that these two taxi ranks will also get busier in the days to come.

Taxi rank at Portland place
Taxi rank at Lonsdale street