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.
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.