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Council upgrades bus stand

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, May 10, 2014

WORK to make the Suva bus stand safer will begin today — four days after a mother and her daughter lost their lives in an accident there.

Suva City Council special administrator Chandu Umaria announced yesterday the council was taking 11 measures to ensure Tuesday's tragic incident was not repeated.

He said there would be designated and marked walkways for pedestrians and railings would be installed for the safety of pedestrians and passengers.

The bus station will also be extended into the Ministry of Primary Industries car park to minimise congestion and allow spaces for the walkways.

Mr Umaria explained the width of the bus bays would be increased and proper signage would be installed to instruct buses to slow down as they enter the bus station area.

One bus lane will also be taken up along the existing narrow concrete footpath on Rodwell Rd side for a designated walkway and the ramps.

"Juice sellers selling in between the Nausori bus station and MPI site will now be relocated," Mr Umaria said.

"The number of enforcement officers and city marshals will be increased and rostered on shift basis at the Suva bus station for proper management and control of the bus station area."

He added that speed humps would be installed and the council would work with the LTA and the FBOA to manage bus operations at the bus station and supplementary trips would be penalised.

"We will do awareness for pedestrians within the bus station for pedestrians to only use the walkways and not to cross anywhere on the tarmac," he said

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