Jamaica News: Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is seeking a suitable location to establish a taxi stand for commuters and transport operators in Barbican, St. Andrew.
“We will consult…with the taxi men to come up with a workable solution. Already, I have given instructions to the National Works Agency (NWA) to identify a suitable location. We will be looking in the area to see where that can be done,” he said.
The Prime Minister was addressing journalists on Friday (June 1) following a tour of the US$4.4 million Barbican Road Upgrade Project, which is now complete.
Mr. Holness noted that concerns have been raised about the lack of an appropriate taxi stand which has resulted in operators “parking where they will, stopping where(ever) they chose and picking up passengers as they like”.
“It cannot continue. What has to happen is order. It has to be done in an orderly way,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Justice Minister and Member of Parliament for north east St Andrew, where Barbican is located, Hon. Delroy Chuck, said he was pleased with the project, noting that the improved roadway is now resulting a free flow of traffic in the area.
Regarding concerns from residents about the short timeline between traffic signal changes along the roadway, Mr. Chuck informed that over the next 30 months, the NWA will monitor them to see how they can be adjusted.
“I just ask members using this square to bear that in mind. It is not set in stone yet… (but) a little more modification on the traffic signals will be done,” he said.
The works at Barbican entailed significant widening and upgrading in the vicinity of the Barbican Centre, which is expected to alleviate congestion in that area.
The Barbican Road Upgrade Project is one of several legacy road projects in the Corporate Area, under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) which Prime Minister Holness visited on Friday.
The others include: the Constant Spring Road Improvement Project; Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction Project; and the Hagley Park Road Improvement Project.
The legacy projects are aimed at significantly improving the targeted roadways to facilitate seamless travel by the commuting public.
They were spearheaded by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, through the NWA, and executed by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC).
Source: JIS News