A taxi rank marshal pilot scheme has proved so successful it is being extended until April.
The scheme in Solihull uses uniformed security staff to ensure an orderly queue at a busy taxi rank in Poplar Road and has made visitors and taxi drivers feel safer since it was introduced last November.
The presence of the marshals has cut down on antisocial behaviour, such as queue jumping and drunkenness, with 74 per cent of visitors questioned saying they now felt very safe at the rank, compared to 44 per cent before.
The police said that since the start of the scheme there had been no reported disturbances in the area and half the 36 cab drivers surveyed last month said they now felt very safe picking up passengers from Solihull.
The rank is staffed by two marshals between 11pm and 3am from Thursday to Saturday and until 2am on Sundays.