Bus terminal delayed again

The multi-million-dollar River Bus Terminal complex on Nursery Drive, The City faces yet another delay, with the new completion date set for the end of this year.

By then, the project will be just about a year-and-a-half behind schedule, although Director of the Barbados Transport Authority Alex Linton could not immediately say how much the delay would cost the taxpayer.

“We are on the revised scheduled that was put out . . . the ground floor for the passengers’ concourse is going up, you should soon start to see some steel work shortly to be erected, if it has not started already,” Linton told Barbados TODAY.

“I know the additional work and all those things . . . are on stream, so hopefully before the end of the year we can have something there for the people of Barbados to enjoy.”

Back in November 2015, Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley had said construction on the terminal would start in January last year and be finished by August.

However, he announced in April 2016 that a revised deadline of June 2016 could not be met due to financial constraints, and set October as new finish date.

This afternoon, Linton said a meeting was scheduled with stakeholders for tomorrow to discuss continuing plans for the project.

“Right now they are plodding along with the necessary construction,” he said of work on the facility, which was set to cost $3.5 million.

The new terminal is expected to accommodate about 300 commuters in the main section. It will also house Transport Authority offices on the second floor, an outpost for the Royal Barbados Police Force, transport inspectors and the umbrella organizations for the privately-owned public service vehicles.

Lashley has said the terminal will also have bathroom facilities and an internet cafe on the third floor for disembarking students so they could engage in productive pursuits while awaiting the arrival of their parents who may be employed in the city or its environs.

8 Responses to Bus terminal delayed again

  1. John Everatt August 15, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Yet more government waste. Some months ago I witnessed workers there just hanging around. There was no work being done perhaps because they were waiting for materials that did not exist.

  2. jrsmith August 15, 2017 at 5:14 am

    This is to the (Barbados Today’s Team) .. I am not caring anymore if you block my comments , but you as the only real ……soap box for our people who can secretly air they genuine views about our Barbados because our people is scared and frighten to publicly do so……our people is loosing that democratic right for the freedom of speech ……………………………………..
    If you dont like like my exchange as to behaviour of our politicians, this then shows how scared every one is in barbados…
    What could be so wicked and evil as the world knowing that this said paper published an (Audit General Report ) of the 900 millions bds dollars which cannot be accounted for ..by government, so what is the problem you expect to call these people saints, no….
    My comments is not as strong as lots of others, I am *****d **f

  3. A Boyce August 15, 2017 at 7:40 am

    More chaos, when will it end? More wastage.
    More taxes less results. Lord, when will it end?

  4. Alex Alleyne August 15, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I vow never to take a ZR again. One stop for me and the conductor said get in , but when I look inside it remind me of “the middle passage”. I politely said no Sir , no room in there for me. He then replied , You mekkin’ sport and said to the driver lef hey.

  5. Sue Donym August 15, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Just wondering what is the reason for the delay. And who’s responsible for it. In short Mr and Ms Public, with our newly acquired sense of National Social Responsibility want to know what has delayed the protection from rain, sun and flooding and the provision of seating by our equally socially responsible government.

    Who else thinks it’s a good idea for children to “(await) the arrival of their parents” and create further pressure at peak time, rather than make their way home promptly?
    Oh well, one thing that gets complete and immediate funding is a fete; so maybe the “thing” that Bajans will get to enjoy there is a wuk up and rum… then we’ll be too happy to remember the real purpose of a Terminal.

  6. Alex Alleyne August 15, 2017 at 10:01 am

    You mean a “wuk-up and a squeeze puch”.

  7. Tony Webster August 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Grenada has no state owned/ run buses. Zero. Zilch. Nada. The private sector handles all ground transportation for the public. I used it last visit there. What we call ZR’s, they call mini-buses. The ones I used, were clean in and out, and in good running condition. Conductors were polite. They had their radio on, but not blasting a dance-hall CD. They all drove “quickly”… but on Greanada’s narrow, twisting roads, I was transported every time safely to destination. EC$3 per trip.

    Smart folks….yes….from one of dem “small islands” too!

  8. Donild Trimp August 15, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    “the ground floor for the passengers’ concourse is going up, you should soon start to see some steel work shortly to be erected, if it has not started already,”

    Is this Director based in Barbados?

    What kind of Director are you? Judging from your statement above, you are clueless.

    What do you mean by “IF IT HAS NOT STARTED YET”?

    What do you do all day, sit in your office drawing a salary by fraud? When last did you visit the site? Don’t you get a report on what is being done?



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