Senior town planner supports water ferry proposal

A high-ranking public servant has revived calls for a local ferry service to help ease traffic on the island’s busy roads.

Senior Town Planner in the Town & Country Development Planning Office Rudy Headley said a water ferry would not only ease traffic but would also contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases.

“That is something that we need to promote whether it be a private sector initiative, but basically a kind of ferry system, and that would help to take away from some of that heavy traffic on Highway Seven and Highway One. So ferries [or] water taxis, again that is linked to the green economy as well, you are moving more people by one method and you have less greenhouse gases being produced,” he told a World Town Planning Day symposium yesterday at the Courtyard by Marriott, under the theme Spatial Planning – Improving the Nation’s Health and Wellness.

Talk of a ferry service linking Oistins and Speightstown via Bridgetown has emerged from time to time, but it has never progressed beyond a suggestion.

However, transportation by water along the island’s coast is nothing new, as visitors to Barbados often charter catamarans and yachts for tours, many of which are scheduled.

Last May, Government Senator Jepter Ince suggested that ferry and express bus services could be considered as options to ease traffic congestion.

In his contribution to debate on a resolution to approve compulsory land acquisition for road improvement under the Warrens Traffic Safety Improvement Project, Ince made reference then to the ferry service between Trinidad and its sister island Tobago, saying a similar service here would go a long way towards solving the current traffic woes.

He suggested at the time that there could be two services, one running from Speightstown and the other from Oistins, with both docking at the pierhead in Bridgetown.

3 Responses to Senior town planner supports water ferry proposal

  1. F.A.Rudder November 10, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Good logical thinking and an old system of commuting on the island. During the nineteenth and early twentieth century commuters from as far away as Six Men’s Bay and Speighstown would catch the morning ferry into Bridgetown and the mid and evening ferries which were powered under sail wind.

  2. Tony Waterman November 10, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Instead of everyone shooting of about ferries etc, why dont we just collect data on the Traffic pattern first,to see how much, and where the Trafic is coming from, and then plan the course of Action, because proper Ferries are NOT Cheap, and PLEASE, don’t let the Trinis try to sell you those Mothballed ones in T&T that Kamala bought, and which NEVER worked, and are tied up rotting in T&T. (This is a Heads up)

    They could also save themselves a Lot of Money, by Making Park and Ride Mandatory, and making the operation of same Park and Rides, self Paying (Charge a fee for Parking & Riding, Weekly, Monthly, Yearly)

    anyone not wanting to Park & Ride would then pay a FEE to access the necessary Roads.
    As far as i can remember The Past mayor of the City of London, Boris Johnson, Did just that, he had a 25Km. Circle around the City of London, and anyone wanting to Drive a Vehicle into that Circle had to Pay to do so.

    Just suggestions

  3. Tony Waterman November 10, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    @ F.A.Rudder!!!! That was ONLY because at that time There was NO Road System in Place, and Schooners was the Only way to get to those areas quickly and Safely. That was of necessity.

    One of the systems we could employ, is what is done in small Places like Japan for instance, you can only keep a Vehicle for so Long, and then you Have to get rid of it, that is why they are so many Asian Used cars coming to Barbados and the Caribbean in General, they are Coming from places that use that system, and Japan is NOT the Only one, we have cars coming from Singapore also.
    Cars over a certain Ageshould be scrapped (Mandatory by LAW) and then crushed and sold to the Smelters overseas.(Recycling)


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