THE POPULAR taxi marshal scheme will return to Barnsley this weekend and next to keep control of the taxi queues in local ranks.

The marshals will be stationed at hackney carriage ranks at New Street (adjacent to Chicago Rock) and Midland Street and make sure people get home safely by organising the queues.

They will be on duty on the evenings of Friday 21 December, Sunday 23, Boxing Day, 29 December, and New Year’s Eve.

Officers funded by the Barnsley branch of the Hackney Carriage Association will patrol the area around Queen Street and Eldon Street.

Coun Charles Wraith said: “The marshals will be there to assist with any public safety issues that arise and ensure people get home safely. They will also monitor any incidents of illegal vehicles picking up passengers, and any suspect vehicles will be investigated.”