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Clubbers set to get special cab service

A Kingston nightclub plans to set up a taxi office inside its premises in a bid to stop clubbers unwittingly climbing into illegal minicabs.

In a groundbreaking deal with taxi firm Kingston Cars, The Works hopes to offer a booking service on-site and ensure customers get into the right cab once they leave the venue.

Clubbers booking a taxi inside the club will be given a ticket and directed to waiting taxis by attendants outside the venue wearing fluorescent jackets.

Works manager Jason Watson said he hopes to have the scheme up and running within two weeks, subject to planning agreement from Kingston Council. He said: "Hopefully, we're giving clubbers a completely safe experience. We entertain them, we don't want to just throw them out onto the street."

Sadik Alim, managing director of Kingston Cars, said: "I want to ensure people get into the right cars, that people get into safe cars. That's been my aim for the past 20 years."

Kingston Council predicted it would take longer than two weeks for the scheme to be approved as local businesses and the police would need to be consulted, but expected there would be broad support.

There is some concern about where waiting cabs will park.

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