Minister of Transport Michael Lashley says there is a push to complete the new $3 million River Bus Terminal by January.
Work on the multi-million-dollar complex on Nursery Drive, The City is almost a year-and-a-half behind schedule and the Minister’s comments come in response to demands from public service vehicle (PSV) owners and operators for better working conditions in the main facility for these workers and commuters.
“We are trying to create an environment where [PSV operators] can ply their trade in a most efficient manner and in a profitable manner too . . . We would partner with them in terms of better conditions of work. That’s why we are building the River Terminal.
“They asked for it so we are doing that. We wanted to open it by early January but we will wait and see if we can get it speeded before then. That is to assist them. That is the first step in providing better conditions for them,” the minister told Barbados TODAY.
The $3.5 million facility will include a covered terminal, bathroom facilities, a police outpost and offices for the Licensing Authority. The Transport Authority will occupy the second floor of the facility while there will be additional offices on the third level.
Meantime, the minister promised new legislation was coming to address some issues in the sector.
“The Road Traffic Act has been certified . . . we wanted to debate it [Tuesday] but we had to push it back to probably next week or so . . . but it is ready to be debated,” he noted.