The Transport Board, being mindful of the members of the travelling public who are dependent upon our services to conduct their daily activities, wish to apologize for the ongoing issues in our service delivery. Unfortunately, these issues might continue in the immediate future as we seek to address external challenges that are beyond our control. 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. This situation resulted in approximately 40 buses having to be removed from service. Since then, of those buses, we were able to return seventeen to service.
Additionally, 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. This situation has placed us in a difficult position as it has further delayed the return to service of a number of buses.
This delay in the access to parts has led to a domino effect. Buses that are awaiting inspection by the regulatory authority (Ministry of Transport Works and Maintenance) have also been impacted and are presently not operational until issues identified can be corrected.
All of the above have contributed to the situation that we are presently experiencing. We are therefore asking the traveling public to be patient and to work with us, as these maintenance issues are addressed to improve our service delivery. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused.
The Transport Board, being mindful of the members of the travelling public who are dependent upon our services to conduct their daily activities, wishes to apologize for the ongoing problems in delivering its scheduled services. Unfortunately, it is anticipated that the challenges being experienced will continue to manifest themselves during the coming weeks.
In keeping with the Road Traffic Regulations and in following the laws of Barbados, the Transport Board must have its fleet of units inspected annually.
The Licensing Authority is the only entity that can deem the buses to be roadworthy and this is handled through the inspection process. At this time a number of units are going through this process, consequently, this is adding another level to our ongoing problems and is further affecting our bus availability.
This situation is further exacerbated by the fact that the hoist at the Ministry of Transport and Works has been out of commission for over twelve (12) months. As a result of this untenable situation, the Transport Board in conjunction with the Ministry of Transport and Works is forced to seek alternative locations to have the inspections of the buses conducted and this is dependent on the availability of the equipment at the alternative location.
This combination of events has resulted in additional challenges as we seek to deliver our regularly scheduled services.
In view of the foregoing, we are again asking the travelling public to be patient as we seek to improve on this situation.
We thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.
24 January 2018
On Monday, 28th November 2016, the Transport Board will be partnering with the Ministry of Education to provide transportation for a number of students, in both the Primary and Secondary Schools, to and from various locations around the island to allow them to participate in the Human Chain Link 2016.
Unfortunately, we are unable to cover these transportation requirements without some level of disruption to our regular service schedules. We therefore anticipate some delays to our regular schedules during the preparation and execution of this iconic activity.
Please take note of the above and plan your travel accordingly as this will require a number of our buses to complete the activity and this will occur during the morning peak hours. We do apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Please be informed with immediate effect the area of Walker’s Road, St. Andrew will be closed. As a result of this closure access to the Babylon area would be difficult. The following road diversion will be introduced:-
- The St. Andrew Church bus on reaching the top of Lower Walkers Road will turn right through Babylon and exit right unto Belleplaine road, continue unto the original route returning via same.
- The Shorey Village bus from Bridgetown and the Bathsheba bus to Speightstown on reaching St. Andrew’s Primary School will not travel through Babylon but will continue across the bridge to the round-a-bout and continue the original routes.
- The Bathsheba bus from Speightstown will travel to Bawdens turn right by St. Andrews Primary School unto Babylon Road and continue the journey. The Shorey Village buses travelling to Bridgetown will travel across the bridge to Belleplaine and continue the route.
This road closure is expected to be in effect for one week.
Please be guided accordingly and travel with due care through the area.
The C.O. Williams Construction team advises the travelling public that this Saturday, 16th January 2016, Waterford Road from the Clyde Walcott roundabout to the junction at Combermere School will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 8.00 p.m. until 6.00 a.m. on Sunday morning while a trench is cut across Waterford bottom for a gas main.
Motorists will need to plan their route in advance and follow the directional signs to reach their various destinations bearing in mind that the diversion will be at Combermere and Clyde Walcott roundabout from 8 p.m. Saturday and 6 the following morning.
The Transport Board services to Martins Bay, Sugar Hill, Chalky Mount, Flat Rock and Bathsheba will travel along Tweedside Road, Fairfield, the Belle and onto the ABC Highway where these will rejoin the regular route at the Clyde Walcott roundabout and of course in the reverse order back into the City.
The C.O. Williams Construction teams thank you for your understanding, cooperation and kind consideration as they move the earth to please.
Due to road works by Arthur Construction, Church Hill road will be closed. All Cross Country buses that travel via this route would be diverted through Durants.
Therefore buses leaving Oistins will travel via Thornbury Hill and take the 1st left by the Green Shop unto Durants and follow the road to the junction by Water Street and continue on their normal routes.
All in bound Cross Country buses would cover this route in reverse.
Please proceed with caution and be guided accordingly.
Effective 9th April 2014 please note that in order to provide bus services into Windward Gardens and the Lucas Street areas, while road works are continuing along Duncan Road, the Bayfield service will be rerouted as follows:
The Bayfield services from Bridgetown after 6pm will turn left by Hilda Skeene Primary and travel via Lucas Street to Windward Gardens.
The bus would service the development and then return to the junction by the Hilda Skeene Primary school and continue along the normal route.
Transport Board wishes to inform the travelling public, that the Ministry of Transport & Works will be undertaking road works along River Road by Starcom Network, today Friday, April 4, 2014. As a result one lane will be rendered impassable. This activity may cause some delays to our services.
The Transport Board apologies for any inconveiences caused.
The Transport Board wishes to advise the general public that effective April 2, 2014 all bus services to Bayfield will no longer travel into Duncan’s St. Philip after 6:00 pm.
This is due to ongoing road works. This route adjustment is to ensure the safety of passengers travelling on this service.
The Transport Board apologizes for any inconvenience caused.
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We wish to advise the traveling public of possible delays in service on Tuesday, 11th March 2014; Tuesday, 18th March 2014 and Tuesday, 25th March 2014.
On the above days the Transport Board will be providing transportation for Primary School students to the National Stadium for the Napsac 2014 Competition. The transportation is required for Primary Schools for the Quarter finals, Semi-finals and finals.
Unfortunately, we are unable to cover these transportation requirements without some level of disruption to our regular Service Schedules. We therefore anticipate some delays during the peak hours on the dates above.
Please take note of the above and plan your travel accordingly. We do apologize for any inconvenience however caused.