A former secondary school principal has called for special provisions to be made in the Warrens Traffic Safety Improvement Project to ensure buses get to schools on time.
Speaking in the Upper House of Parliament during debate on a resolution for improving the road infrastructure under the project, Senator Alwyn Adams pointed out that it will impact the section of Highway 2A which stretches from Warrens down to the St Lucy Parish Church.
“Some special provision should be made for students travelling along that route by the school bus so that they wouldn’t have to get into ZRs and so on, to be able to get to the various schools in the north on time,” the former Coleridge & Parry Secondary School principal said.
Senator Adams also asked that attention be paid to the use of the roads by public service vehicles (PSVs), once the project is completed.
“Notwithstanding the fact that you may have better roadways, their bad habits would negate the kinds of benefits contemplated for those roads,” he said, pointing to reckless driving by some PSV operators.
“The authorities ought to very seriously look into matters of that nature so that Warrens does not become the new Baxter’s Road,” he said.
Adams also expressed concern about an inadequate number of school buses heading to the north, saying students were sometimes forced to travel on ZR vans and minibuses and were exposed to “some of the most insidious . . . and salacious behaviour conceivable on the face of the earth”.
Supporting the resolution, Senator Adams acknowledged the expense of the project and the inconvenience that the road works would present to people in the area, but said if a cost-benefits analysis was conducted it would show that overall, the Warrens Traffic Safety Improvement Project would redound to the benefit of all.