A high-ranking public servant has revived calls for a local ferry service to help ease traffic on the island’s busy roads.
Senior Town Planner in the Town & Country Development Planning Office Rudy Headley said a water ferry would not only ease traffic but would also contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases.
“That is something that we need to promote whether it be a private sector initiative, but basically a kind of ferry system, and that would help to take away from some of that heavy traffic on Highway Seven and Highway One. So ferries [or] water taxis, again that is linked to the green economy as well, you are moving more people by one method and you have less greenhouse gases being produced,” he told a World Town Planning Day symposium yesterday at the Courtyard by Marriott, under the theme Spatial Planning – Improving the Nation’s Health and Wellness.
Talk of a ferry service linking Oistins and Speightstown via Bridgetown has emerged from time to time, but it has never progressed beyond a suggestion.
However, transportation by water along the island’s coast is nothing new, as visitors to Barbados often charter catamarans and yachts for tours, many of which are scheduled.
Last May, Government Senator Jepter Ince suggested that ferry and express bus services could be considered as options to ease traffic congestion.
In his contribution to debate on a resolution to approve compulsory land acquisition for road improvement under the Warrens Traffic Safety Improvement Project, Ince made reference then to the ferry service between Trinidad and its sister island Tobago, saying a similar service here would go a long way towards solving the current traffic woes.
He suggested at the time that there could be two services, one running from Speightstown and the other from Oistins, with both docking at the pierhead in Bridgetown.