When the multi-million dollar River Bus Terminal becomes operable, the current problem with flooding will be a thing of the past, Director of the Barbados Transport Authority Alex Linton has assured.
“The reconstruction of the structures is sloping downwards so the water runs off. The challenges we have with flooding in the River Terminal will be alleviated with the construction of this new area which is above the floodplain and we have already started the slope for the drainage purposes,” Linton told journalists today as he and Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley took the media on a tour of the facility.
During the tour Lashley said he was confident that work on the terminal would be completed by the second week of February next year.
It was the fifth completion date for the project since Lashley announced back in November 2015 that construction of the terminal would start in January 2016, to be finished by August of that year.
However, he announced in April 2016 that a revised deadline of June 2016 could not be met due to financial constraints, and set October as the new completion date.
In August of this year, Linton said the project, which was initially estimated to cost $3.5 million, would be completed by the end of this year. It was not immediately clear how much more the multiple delays will cost the taxpayer.
However, Linton said upon completion the new terminal will be equipped with the latest technology that will make for a more pleasant experience for all users.
“We will also be looking at the technology that we will be bringing to the terminal that would show the arrival and departure times, we are going to move to that. We are going to have a system whereby when they come to the gate the announcement will automatically be sent to passengers. We will have Wi-Fi and access to charge your phone, a lot of greening in keeping with our green policy that Government is a part of,” the transport official said.
Meantime, Lashley promised increased security, including the use of closed circuit television cameras, improved lighting, “and security by personnel employed by the Ministry of Transport”.
“We will also seek to improve the vending facilities and also offering space on weekends for itinerant vendors so we would have a ready market for them. And the mere fact that we are improving the terminal we hope that more passengers would utilize this terminal. It’s a win-win situation for all,” the minister said.