Dedicated taxi marshals will be on hand to ensure clubbers and punters in Rayleigh get home safely as they return to the high street over the Christmas period.

Funded by Rochford District Council's licensing team, through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, and Rayleigh Town Council, the two security officers will be on hand from 11.30pm to 4.30am on Friday and Saturday nights.

Building upon the success of the scheme over the past two years, the marshals will work to maintain an orderly taxi queue, ensuring revellers don't push in, and that everyone gets into a taxi safely.


The "simple yet effective" service aims to not only ease the flow of people but also to contribute to the safety of the night-time crowd.

Following their one-off shift during the Halloween weekend, the marshals will be stationed on Rayleigh High Street from November 25 and throughout the Christmas season on Friday and Saturday nights until December 30.

Lisa Newport, Rochford councillor responsible for communities and health, has welcomed their return and said: "We are thrilled to have our Security Industry Authority registered marshals back on duty, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of this service throughout the festive season.

"The support from Rochford District Council through the fund and Rayleigh Town Council is instrumental in making this service possible. Together, we can make Rayleigh's nightlife even safer and more enjoyable for all."