RESIDENTS IN SOME AREAS of Barbados, especially those in rural districts, are facing challenges as a result of the strike by Transport Board workers today.
The strike is reportedly over the hiring of an employee for a position which was not advertised.
According to NATION teams on the road, the minibus and Route Taxis (ZRs) are doing a brisk trade. Minibuses from St George and St Joseph are said to be full.
In Speightstown, the minibuses and ZRs are also filling the gap, especially to outlying districts like Pie Corner and Josey Hill, St Lucy as well as Boscobel and Indian Ground in St Peter.
Reports indicate a number of people are stranded on the road, including some school children who have to sit their Caribbean Examinations Council exams today.
Some kind-hearted residents in vehicles are giving some people they see on the road “lifts” and the minibuses are also heading into Bridgetown with large loads.
However, those who use the “highway bus” from Speightstown have been hardest hit. This bus travels to Mile and a Quarter, then along the Ronald Mapp Highway 2A and on to the ABC Highway. It is a major route for those heading to Warrens, St Michael and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.
No minivans ply that route.
The vans to Oistins, Christ Church have been leaving as scheduled.
Police have been patrolling Highway 1 and the van terminal in Speightstown to maintain order. (SAT/RL)