Fed up!

Fairy Valley residents appeal for reliable transportation

Give us a proper transportation service!

This is the cry of residents of Fairy Valley, Christ Church, who said they were fed up of the daily waits for what seems like eternity for a bus.

The residents said this problem has been ongoing for a very long time, but it has escalated in recent times, with only one Government run bus from the state-owned Transport Board serving the community located just behind Grantley Adams International Airport.

To add insult to injury, they said, privately run public service vehicle (PSV) operators who serve the 3D route, which includes the airport and Oistins, were refusing to travel the full distance, forcing commuters to disembark before completing their journey.

“The PSVs just go to Parish Land, straight to the airport and back down to town. They don’t come up here. If you get in the van and they ask you where you are going and you say Fairy Valley they say, ‘we aren’t going up there’ and people have to get out and walk,” an upset Shelia Robinson told Barbados TODAY.

Sheila Robinson

“The bus service is very bad, honestly. This is not only now  . . . [this] is years now. BLP time and DLP time we suffer for transportation over here very badly, especially the Transport Board buses.

“The Transport Board buses don’t come too often. This is really depressing and not good enough for a district that have so many people in it. They don’t treat us good when it comes to transportation. Up to Saturday I was in the terminal and I waited hours for a bus to get home,” Robinson added.

Another resident, Sharon Pilgrim, was awaiting transportation when Barbados TODAY visited the community.

She expressed concern that PSV operators had been given permits to service the entire route, but kept refusing to take residents to their final destination.

“The PSVs have up the big sign saying Fairy Valley, and when you asked if they are going they say, ‘no, we are not going to Fairy Valley, that is too far’. They just take us to Time Bottom and we have to walk the rest. What I don’t understand is that they go all the way to the airport, but can’t come down in here, and the airport is further.”

Sharon Pilgrim

“It makes me feel very angry. I mean they have the permission to come up here and we still have to walk so far with your groceries and whatever weight you have in your hands. We are not being treated well at all,” Pilgrim lamented.

Yvette Cox recalled the days when there was better service and the first Transport Board bus would get there by 6 a.m.

However, she said things have changed, and it could be as late as 11:30 a.m. before a bus arrives.

“Sometimes when the bus come for 11:30 it done work and going back to the depot and imagine that is the first bus for the day. We have a big issue out there with transportation. It is a big inconvenience. We cannot catch the airplanes that land right in front of us. I want them to please help us get out and get in,” Cox said.

“We have to walk from Time Bottom to where we live in Fairy Valley and that is a long distance. This has been coming on for a long time,” she added.

The residents said their only saving grace was PSV operator Grafton Stuart, who was present for the Barbados TODAY visit.

PSV Operator Grafton Stuart

Stuart said it was worrying that the community had to depend on him as the sole reliable provider of transportation.

“The only person who would come this route is me. I can’t sleep at night knowing that these people out here are out and can’t get home. If these people are out I don’t go off the road. That is just how I am. I think something should be really done about this problem.  Something want doing with the Transport Board; these people pay taxes,” he said.

Chairman of the Alliance Owners of Public Transport Roy Raphael told Barbados TODAY his association had been made aware of the situation, while warning that it was illegal for PSV operators to refuse to complete a designated route.

“We are aware and have heard from residents that the 3D vans are supposed to go down to Fairy Valley, but we understand some of them don’t go due to circumstances. Some of them say they don’t go there because it isn’t safe.

“But what we want to encourage operators of these PSVs on the route is to complete the route. It is against the law for them not to complete the route. What we will have to do is meet with the Transport Authority very shortly to address that problem. But we want to encourage the drivers to do the whole route,” Raphael said.

Efforts to reach Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager at the Transport Board Lynda Holder for a comment proved unsuccessful up to the time of publication.


17 Responses to Fed up!

  1. luther thorne February 20, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Barbados seems to have regressed.
    The DLP has failed miserably

    • Berestford Leon Phillips February 20, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      When Johnny Cheltenham was the God of Fairy Valley, he did nothing besides get Jobs for a Few Yard Ducks up at the Airport and nothing else and they were happy with that Johnny
      Now them complaining

  2. luther thorne February 20, 2018 at 1:28 am

    “Aint safe” ?

    “Some of them say they don’t go there because it isn’t safe.”

    “one Government run bus from the state-owned Transport Board ”

    “Time Bottom ” ?

    “Yvette Cox recalled the days when there was better service and the first Transport Board bus would get there by 6 a.m.”

    Itis time for Bus fare to be done in Stages.
    $2.00 Bus Fare Add a dollar
    People of Fairly Valley should offer to pay an additional dollar – PROBLEM – Solved

    But them gwine play they sticking to the 2 dollars especially the females who tend to be shrews – stubborn

  3. Tony Webster February 20, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Be patient folks. Your “bus”…soon come. It’s a red bus. Doan miss it.

  4. Sheron Inniss February 20, 2018 at 6:18 am

    This was going on from the 1980s @ Tony Webster. The red bus did not do anything then.

    @ luther thorne. a lot of increments then, not only on that route.

    There are 68 buses when 200 are needed. Mismanagement at its best.

    • Jennifer February 20, 2018 at 6:48 am

      Well said. NONE of those ministers red, yella, black etc work or can work EFFECTIVELY for the improvement of this majority people. The TB needs part privatization. Permits should be issued according to demand of service.

  5. jrsmith February 20, 2018 at 6:20 am

    Bajans stop the moaning crap , try finding the right people who will represent you , find your own independent MP , to cast your votes for ……
    As for the transport problems , you people in Fair Valley get together , purchase 2 vehicles have them licence start your own transport system., what bajans is not realizing if they don’t get Barbados back from the politicians and foreigners decades from now we will suffer…………………….
    When I was growing up in bimshire we had, the
    General bus company
    The diamond..
    The National..
    The progressive
    The Rocklyn .. and others I cant remember it was good then not like the crap now……..

  6. Hermine Alleyne February 20, 2018 at 8:00 am

    St john has one bus very hour and a half when its working thank God for the van we only have one but you can set your watch by it,Our representative is missing in action for the last nine years,can’t wait to see her at my door,have never seen her in all this time,can’t wait for the excuse.

  7. orlando February 20, 2018 at 9:55 am

    how can you go to the airport and say fairvalley is too far. i dont know the ins and outs of the area but i know its closer than the airport . first bus at 11 30 now thats really bad. and they say its not safe i dont know bout that . but most crimes in barbados happens in st michael and to be more specific . the black rock and surrounding areas. yet every minute there is transportation in that area .just think about if its happening up there what about the the real country villages. how far is east point . how far is river bay.

  8. Sue Donym February 20, 2018 at 10:27 am

    So many things are wrong with this picture.
    If a passenger is asked to exit a vehicle before his destination, and he complies, he should make a report ASAP to the police and the Transport Authority. I can imagine that a single person might not want to become involved in a confrontation with a PSV operator, but why would several passengers not demand to be taken the full journey? Why would they continue to support that operator without complaint?

    If bus crew fear going into areas of crime, how do they feel about leaving passengers to walk in and out of those same areas that they were paid to take the passengers through?

    Why are residents not flooding the call-in programmes with calls and sending letters – with details of dates, times and vehicle numbers – to their MPs, Transport ministry and Transport Authority about their problems?

  9. Donild Trimp February 20, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Only in Barbados.

    Such a simple solvable problem and Barbadians turns it into a complex and complicated problem requiring the mind of an Albert Einstein to solve it.


  10. Ossie Moore February 20, 2018 at 11:02 am

    jrsmith says : When I was growing up in bimshire we had, the
    General bus company
    The diamond..
    The National..
    The progressive
    The Rocklyn .. and others I cant remember it was good then not like the crap now……..

    Ossie : jrsmith , you forgot the Federal Bus company owned by Alleyne.

  11. Jonathan Nurse February 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    It is not fair that the Fairy Valley commuters were waiting for hours for a Fairy Valley bus to take them to and from Bridgetown and to and from Fairy Valley. That is unacceptable. All the DLP Government does is talking about better transportation and they don’t do little or nothing. I keep on saying; don’t wait until elections called.

  12. Solutions Barbados February 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Here is what needs to happen to solve this problem. Every Public service vehicle needs to be fitted with a unique electronic vehicle tracking system that is automatically monitored from a central computer system. Every vehicle would have a unique vehicle tracking ID that is assigned to their unique route. The system would be connected to their doors, to track every time the doors are opened as well. The system would track their route, their speed, and every time their doors are opened. If a PSV goes off route, exceeds the speed limit, or stops and lets off passengers at any location other than at an identified Bus stop, these infractions would be automatically detected by the central system, and the PSV driver would be penalized or the PSV license revoked, or heavy fines applied. The system would be required to be inspected every year at MTW, and any tampering with the system would be met with criminal penalties. This type of system would prevent PSV operators going off route, avoiding less lucrative parts of their route, speeding, or stopping at a place other than a buss stop. This type of system would also allow citizens to track buses and ZR’s via a mobile phone app by route or location.

  13. Sue Donym February 20, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    @Solutions Barbados, it appears that you missed the part where suspected infractions would be investigated. You jumped right to penalty phase, on the assumption that there could be no good reason for anything out of the ordinary. This, unfortunately is typical of the way the public transport sector is viewed and treated even by authorities.

    Can we consider that vehicles are subject to mechanical failure, legitimate traffic diversions by the RBPF, returns to base for rest and lunch periods or might even have to break from work for crew illness.

    Reliable and safe service would be the prime concern, but our standards must be realistic.

  14. Ossie Theophilus Moore February 21, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Here is the most basic solution to an on going problem and an advancing one of traffic jams, vehicular accidents,road fatalities and casualties. Bicycle riding zones should be incoperated into the traffic patterns. Does it make you feel as though you are someome else on earth and detatched from the environment because you can sit inyour car while it idles away carbon monoxide or nitrous monoxide? You are all people of one nation I would humbly and Godly respect. Productive time is wasted in traffic jams and non roadworthy vehicles.

  15. John Q February 21, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    You think Christ Church is bad , I once waited almost four hours in front of Combermere school for a bus going to Bathsheba. Never again…. pathetic. Like an earlier post said, we have regressed; it was never this bad when I was growing up .


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