TAXI drivers who work from Kilwinning railway station have had to take a hit over the last few years, with Covid restrictions in place and fewer people using public transport on a daily basis.

Just as it appeared things may be about to get better, the latest reduction to timetabled train services has provided another body blow for the station-based cab drivers.

Making matters worse, as one driver told the Herald, is the station permit costs attached to operating out of the typically busy stop.

This costs drivers around £380, with the cab driver telling the Herald they waited four hours for just one £5 hire only a few days ago.

The car park is owned by ScotRail, and unlike other North Ayrshire station taxi ranks, has this station fee attached.

ScotRail were approached for comment, regarding whether taxi drivers would be compensated as a result of the reduction in services.

A company spokesperson said: “Timetables are always subject to alterations, reductions as well as additions, therefore there will be no reduction in the cost of a permit for taxi drivers.”

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