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Plan for safer terminal

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

THE Labasa Town Council is holding consultations with stakeholders for strategies to make the bus station safe for commuters.

Last week, council staff members met officials from the Land Transport Authority, Fiji Roads Authority and the police to exchange ideas on the future of the Labasa bus stand.

Special administrator Vijay Chand yesterday said this was all part of efforts to avoid accidents and allow for normal traffic flow.

"Right now, we are just having consultations with the stakeholders and we are looking at possible ways and options to make the bus stand a safe place," Mr Chand said.

"We haven't reached a solid decision on whether to relocate or expand the bus stand. At the moment, it's just consultation and planning where everyone's opinions are considered.

"We don't want the case at the Suva bus stand where a mother and her daughter were crushed to death by two buses to happen here in Labasa. After this, we will meet with the bus proprietors and get their opinions on this proposed project."

FRA CEO Neil Cook confirmed they were being consulted on the proposed project.

"This is a council project and we are working according to their plan," Mr Cook said.

"But as for upgrade works at the bus stand, we are providing some assistance in the form of re-surfacing works and funding support."

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