A Government Senator is suggesting a ferry service and express bus service could be considered as options to ease the traffic congestion on the island’s roads.
Senator Jepter Ince made the recommendations as he contributed to debate on a resolution to approve the compulsory acquisition of lands to improve the road infrastructure under the Warrens Traffic Safety Improvement Project.
He made reference to the ferry service between Trinidad and its sister isle Tobago and said that if Barbados could have such a service, it would go a long way towards rectifying the current traffic problems.
Ince suggested that there could be two services, one running from Speightstown and the other from Oistins, both docking at the Pierhead in Bridgetown.
“We can also look at the possibility of an express bus service . . . . We [could] charge $5 for an express service, where that bus could move from Speightstown right to Bridgetown, for persons who want to get to work. So they’re a number of things that we can look at,” he said.
In both cases, Ince said, a secure area would be needed for motorists to park their vehicles.
During his presentation, the Government Senator also lamented the reckless driving on the roads and appealed to Barbadians to be more careful.
“We need some programmes . . . educating the drivers in Barbados on how to use the road signage, how to use the lanes, how to appreciate the vehicle in the lane next to you,” he argued.
“There are many of us who drive on the road like we own the road . . . . I’m using this opportunity to appeal to Barbadians to let us be more careful. One life [lost] is too much. Let us appreciate and respect one another.”