River Terminal deadline plan

Minister of Transport Michael Lashley says there is a push to complete the new $3 million River Bus Terminal by January.

Work on the multi-million-dollar complex on Nursery Drive, The City is almost a year-and-a-half behind schedule and the Minister’s comments come in response to demands from public service vehicle (PSV) owners and operators for better working conditions in the main facility for these workers and commuters.

“We are trying to create an environment where [PSV operators] can ply their trade in a most efficient manner and in a profitable manner too . . . We would partner with them in terms of better conditions of work. That’s why we are building the River Terminal.

“They asked for it so we are doing that. We wanted to open it by early January but we will wait and see if we can get it speeded before then. That is to assist them. That is the first step in providing better conditions for them,” the minister told Barbados TODAY.

The $3.5 million facility will include a covered terminal, bathroom facilities, a police outpost and offices for the Licensing Authority. The Transport Authority will occupy the second floor of the facility while there will be additional offices on the third level.

Meantime, the minister promised new legislation was coming to address some issues in the sector.

The Road Traffic Act has been certified . . . we wanted to debate it [Tuesday] but we had to push it back to probably next week or so . . . but it is ready to be debated,” he noted.

2 Responses to River Terminal deadline plan

  1. Sue Donym October 20, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Promises and priorities.

    Offices for the Licensing Authority. Have we not spent a lot to achieve very little with this agency? Will this be another show of how well we do inefficiency – limited services and faulty equipment, diverting clients to another location?

    Offices for the Transport Authority. They’ve been housed on Roebuck Street, and more recently in the Pine. Another home for another bureau without significant improvements in Public Transport. How are the studies going on routes and travel patterns? Will they be able to disclose which routes are saturated with PSVs and which are in need of additional units?

    Covered terminal facilities. Will the exterior be graded and gutters and drains kept clear so that passengers don’t have to wade through water and filth to get to the covered area? Will there be adequate seating and properly staffed and maintained restrooms?

    Debate pushed back. Real debate or another attempt at a quick push through, hoping to appease a very disappointed electorate? Hopefully not another case of 18 month automatic denial of bail once charged. Sigh…

  2. Ras October 20, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Man Minister of Transport Michael Lashley get thee damm place done by Christmas, try and start working 3 shifts and stop the procrastinating

    I want a Stall in dey, get on wid de damm job.


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