New PSV home

Former school building to be transformed into City bus terminal

Work has started on a $2.5 million ultra-modern terminal complex for privately owned public service vehicles (PSVs).

This was revealed this afternoon by the architect for the project,  Stanton Haynes, who accompanied Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley on a tour of the old Queen’s College School building, which will be transformed into the terminal adjacent to the River van stand, the City.

The old Queen’s College building is to become the new bus terminal.
The old Queen’s College building is to become the new bus terminal.


Haynes said the building, on which workers have started clean-up operations, would be renovated to include a concourse, a fully covered commuter area from entrance to embarkment, a police outpost, vendor’s kiosks, improved lighting and CCTV.

He said the nearby Nursery Drive, which is now two way, would become one way from the junction between Lower Constitution Road and Upper St Michael’s Row for all vans entering the concourse.

The architect said when the buses arrive, they would drop off passengers at the northern end, collect at the southern end and exit along Nursery Drive.

Haynes said there would be an extension to the existing building going in the direction of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) that would comprise the concourse.

“The number one issue here with this is that we want passengers to be safe and catch the buses in a safe environment. If you see over there now, when you go to catch a bus, you have to manoeuvre between the buses.  The idea here is you do not do that; you will catch your bus under cover and in safety,” he assured.

Lashley the $2.5 million was included in the Government’s 2015-16 Estimates to facilitate the start of construction.

“So there is no issue. We have support from the Ministry of Finance and it is being constructed by the Ministry of Transport. We have a team already in place.  We are doing a general clean up first and then we will start,” Lashley added.

He said the first floor would house offices for the Transport Authority and the bottom floor would be allocated to transport inspectors.

Lashley expressed the view that the new complex would bring greater control to the chaos which sometimes occurs in the van stand. The project will take about a year to be completed. 

6 Responses to New PSV home

  1. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte June 13, 2015 at 6:26 am

    thought it was a prison for ZRs lol…. let’s see how this project develops. Any $$$mil for behaviour and conduct?

  2. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams June 13, 2015 at 7:12 am

    D Dame musse turning in she grave

  3. lester June 13, 2015 at 8:08 am

    we need a terminal at princess alice highway, does get bade if the rain start falling, and by the way putting new wine in old wine skins spells trouble

  4. Patrick Blackman June 13, 2015 at 10:26 am

    What we have here in Barbados now is “CREEPING PRIVATIZATION”, a complete assault on key social, economic and infrastructural assets of this country. This type of policy is largely followed by the IMF, IADB and World Bank in developing countries or targeted economies. Even though we are not under an IMF/World bank program, we are following their play book, and at the end of the day, all key components that define Barbados, will be under the management of private entities both external and local.
    It is quite clear that the government has NO INTEREST IN REVITALIZING the Transport Board; it has realized that the board is a money sink hole not by the board’s bad management but by a TACTICAL ASSAULT initiated by key elements within our society pushing an agenda of privatized public transit in Barbados.
    We have seen the SYSTEMATIC STRIPPING of crucial lucrative routes from the board without due consideration of the impact this would have on the economic viability of the board. This was not by accident, it was by design, a wholesale transfer of revenue to the private entities and no one said anything because they allowed the level of service by the board to deteriorate to such an extent, the population just cared about getting from point A to B; hence the PSVs became a more reliable choice.
    We have had the opposition leader sometime last year calling for the privatization of the Transport Board. We now have the Minister disclosing information on the construction of PERMANENT TERMINAL TO FACILITATE A PRIVATE INDUSTRY GROUP WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS which enhances that group’s competitive edge over a state run entity, under the guise of enhancing public safety. I guess “Why let a tragedy go to waste when I get some political mileage from it (in his delusional mind)” and appear as if the government is taking positive steps to clean up this state of affairs.
    Mr. Minister, if you are a man, a really man, you will come to the people of Barbados and clearly articulate the government’s transit policy, open it to public debate, provide a complete review of the current state of the transit industry in this country and let the chips fall where they fall.

  5. jrsmith June 14, 2015 at 4:31 am

    @,Patric,B, hail as usual on the button. But please lets give this project a chance, lets see if bajans can do for bajans what’s need to be done. this is a massive step into a danger zone, which if fail is going to leave who ever is involve , exposed to the bajan public.
    This project should now set precedence for the PSV community to move forward in a reasonably safe and constructive manner., IF coming without, enforceable decent rules and regulations from the ministry of transport on day one of this project opening , its a failure.
    Because of overall bad management island wide, the bajans who really care is going to find any issue, non digestible. because nothing is said by our so call leadership and when the involve
    minos , open they mouths, we all need to run for cover.
    Privatisation may not be a bad thing, depending on the transparency, that comes with it. one of the major issues , political corporate corruption.

  6. michael parker June 14, 2015 at 4:57 am

    It is ok to spend $2.5 million on buildings, but should some money
    be spent on training for psv drivers after a glut of accidents causing pain and grief among injured familys.


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