Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Hundreds left stranded at Oistins terminal

Students awaiting buses in Oistins.

Students awaiting buses in Oistins.

As the Transport Board works to improve services to the travelling public, this morning hundreds of commuters including mostly students were stranded for hours at the Oistins bus terminal.

Students from The Lodge School, Princess Margaret Secondary School, St. Leonards’ Boys School, St. George Secondary, Lester Vaughan Secondary School and Parkinson Memorial Secondary School were affected most.

Close to or in excess of 200 students were still there awaiting bus services after 8 o’clock this morning, Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

There was no 7:00 am and 7:30 am ABC Highway and there were no buses to send to College Savannah and St. George Church.

In the lot of the bus terminal were three buses parked with two having no signs and one stating ‘Out of service’.

At 7:50 am, some St. Leonards’ students declared they are heading back home. Along the route bus stops had students for The Lodge School and Parkinson congregating as they waited for the College Savannah bus.

When a Speightstown Public Service Vehicle arrived at the Oistins Terminal around 8:00 am, to the disappointment of some St. Leonards’ students and a few Ellerslie Secondary School lads, the driver said, ‘No, no, no’ and refused to transport the students.

On speaking with Loop News about the happenings this morning, Communications Manager with the Transport Board, Lynda Holder, said:

“As we have been sharing with the public, we are experiencing severe challenges with our bus availability. This morning lack of services from Oistins was a manifestation of that situation.”

Apologetic, she said, “We were unable to supply the agreed number of scheduled services and have been working on rectifying that situation so that this evening does not have the same issue.”

Asked how many buses are on the road at present, “At this time, we have approximately 100 buses on the road on average, but that number is fluid and changes daily,” she explained.