Sunday 18 August, 2019

Bus struggles increase; TS Kirk knocks 40 buses out of service

Lynda Holder (left front) speaking with the Minister of Transport Dr. William Duguid after a tour of the Transport Board and UCAL where he saw how many buses were off the road awaiting fixes.

Lynda Holder (left front) speaking with the Minister of Transport Dr. William Duguid after a tour of the Transport Board and UCAL where he saw how many buses were off the road awaiting fixes.

More Transport Board buses are down due to mechanical and technical issues with the necessary parts still inaccessible and unavailable.

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Transport Board Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager, Lynda Holder in a press release issued this afternoon noted that these challenges which will impact commuters directly, will lead to longer wait times at terminals across the island.

"We acknowledge that we had committed to improving bus availability and was on the path to this when school commenced in early September when we had 110 buses on the road. Regrettably, as a result of the recent passing of Tropical Storm Kirk, a number of buses which traversed areas with rushing and/or high water levels experienced damaged panels and other electrical issues," the statement said.

The situation they said has resulted in approximately 40 buses having to be removed from service, however, since then 17 are now operational.

Parts delay

Transport Board's statement went on to state that a container of parts that had been purchased through Simpson Motors to assist in the maintenance and refurbishment project, was damaged at the port in Kingston, Jamaica on route to Barbados - a situation that  has placed them in a difficult position as it has further delayed the return to service of a number of buses.

There are also buses awaiting inspection by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance, that have also been impacted and are presently not operational until issues identified can be corrected.

Holder said all these issues have contributed to the situation that they and Barbadians are presently experiencing, and as such, the Board is calling for the travelling public to be patient and to work with them as the maintenance issues are addressed systematically to improve service delivery.

 

 

This news comes about six weeks after the new Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance, Dr. William Duguid toured the Transport Board and was insistent that the buses in the workshop needed to be repaired quickly and back out on the road. On that occasion he made it clear that parts will be attained to fix the much-needed buses, however, the unexpected has occurred to curtail his plans and hopes.

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