So far, so good is how commuters who use the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal have described the ongoing renovations and improvements.
A week after Prime Minister Mia Mottley ordered an immediate cleanup of the island’s bus stations, passengers have expressed satisfaction with the work which has been done so far.
Major industrial cleaning began at the three terminals in Fairchild Street, Princess Alice and Speightstown last Thursday.
When Barbados TODAY visited the main terminal at Fairchild Street this afternoon, workers were busy cleaning the women’s bathroom.
Beverley Franklyn, who uses the terminal at least three times a week told Barbados TODAY the building looked and smelled cleaner than usual.
“It does look different and it smells different too, so I am satisfied with what has been done so far,” she said as she waited for either a Society or College Savannah bus.
Leonard Norville said he was impressed with what he has seen so far.
“The terminal is looking good, it looks clean and good. Once they are finished cleaning the entire bus stand I’m sure it will look even better,” he said.
Another regular user, Leone Jones, said she had no issues with the terminal. “It’s beautiful all the time,” was her brief response.
A middle-aged passenger said: “The general atmosphere looks cleaner. It feels lighter, not as congested. I don’t really use the terminal that often, maybe once or twice a month, but I can still see a difference. Something has definitely happened because it even smells better,” she said.
The Transport Board’s marketing and communications manager, Lynda Holder, told Barbados TODAY the improvements to the bus terminal were long overdue.
She promised with further improvements scheduled to take place, the conditions of the bus terminals would be vastly improved.
“We understood the concerns raised by the commuters and we apologise for not addressing it in a speedy manner as we should have, but we are working on it and it will be an ongoing process.
“We started with a complete industrial cleaning at all of the locations and that will be continuing. We also started addressing the issues with the bathrooms.
“We are going to make sure that the situation never gets to the point where it was at previously,” she assured.
Holder said public address announcements would also be frequently issued, allowing commuters to always be up to date with the availability of buses.
Last week Mottley ordered the cleanup and beautification of the island’s bus terminals after they were deemed to be in a deplorable state.
Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley had also described conditions at the Fairchild Street terminal as horrible following a tour. firstname.lastname@example.org