Passenger bus operators on the west line are up in arms over the start of renovations to the terminal on the Bay Road without prior consultation.
President of the West Line Bus Association Bernard Boland told local media that drivers were never informed and saw the terminal cordoned off with boards on Sunday morning.
Boland said he and his membership had no idea what was going on and how they would ply their trade come Monday morning.
He said although there was no communication from the St Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) or the Traffic Department about the arrangement for dropping off and picking up passengers, drivers were issued traffic tickets at the terminal area on Monday.
According to Boland, SCASPA, which is responsible for the terminal, along with police officers from the Traffic Department, met with the association’s executive in January 2018 to get their input for the remodeling of the terminal with the aim of construction starting in February of that year, 2018.
“I have never heard from them again and up to this point I have not heard from them,” said Boland who disclosed that he received calls on Sunday informing him that the bus terminal had been blocked off.
He added that no official has spoken to him or any member of his executive.
Boland said on Monday drivers were herded into the few parking slots in front of the bars at the terminal with no clear instructions about how the whole operation would be undertaken. Aside from the chaos of queueing especially during rush hours, he said the temporary arrangement could lead to revenue losses for the bus drivers and inconvenience to passengers.
Asked if the Association would be making representation to the relevant authorities to come up with a workable arrangement, Boland said it would be futile since the authorities have never taken their views and grievances into consideration or implementation in the past.
Boland is of the view that the reconstruction of the West Line Bus Terminal would not be completed by December.
On Sunday 20th, Public works erected a barrier surrounding the West line Bus Terminal. This barrier hugely obstructs the traffic of passenger busses, their patrons and the bars and other operations businesses in the area.