Stockfarm bus drivers complaining West Bridge Project works affecting their earnings & customer flows
Stockfarm bus drivers are complaining that the new West Bridge Project works are affecting their earnings and their customer flows. The Stock Farm Bus Drivers Association says “the police don’t care about them”, even though they have held many meetings with them, with a view to temporarily relocating the Stockfarm bus stop, to either the Roseau Adventist School area, or on the highway, close to the Kalinago bus stop, until the West Bridge is completed, but they have denied our request.
The Bus Drivers are complaining that the trucks, which have been hired to transport the sand being dredged from the river, have taken over their designated bus stop, and they have no space to park, since they cannot fit into the designated space; and the flow of traffic is a problem. The claim that they are not making any profit at the moment, not even to cover their fuel expenses.
The customers are discouraged by the congestion, and the long walk to the area where they now have to park, so their buses are remaining almost empty. Residents of Stockfarm and its surrounding areas also expressed their discomfort, because of the long distance. Businesses in that area are also complaining that the construction work on the West Bridge is seriously affecting their business.
NSG Management and Technical Services, Limited (NSG) of Barbados was contracted by the Dominica government to undertake demolition of and reconstruction of the West Bridge, reconstruction of retaining walls and associated drainage works between the West Bridge and the EC Loblack Bridge, as well as dredging the Roseau River between the Dominica China Friendship Bridge and the EC Loblack Bridge. The project is expected to take twelve months for completion.
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