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Buses Will Continue To Disembark And Board Passengers At Kasavu

Buses will continue to use the existing set up at Kasavu, on Kings Road, offloading passengers who will need to board a second bus at the other end. Fiji Roads
14 Jan 2017 11:00
Buses Will Continue To Disembark And Board Passengers At Kasavu
The slip at Kasavu. Photo: Fiji Roads Authority

Buses will continue to use the existing set up at Kasavu, on Kings Road, offloading passengers who will need to board a second bus at the other end.

Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) chief executive officer, John Hutchinson, thanked and acknowledged the Fiji Bus Operators Association whose members have not let the situation impact public transport.

Mr Hutchinson said keeping the set-up meant buses do not have to travel the longer detour route.

To some extent this also decreases the number of vehicles through the Bau Tikina bypass.

“The Bau Tikina access road is an emergency bypass route that was opened up to provide alternative access on the network as a result of the slip at Kasavu closing Kings Road,” he said.

“Fiji Roads Authority understands that buses aren’t particularly comfortable transporting passengers on this emergency access road and we appreciate their sentiments and their support in embarking and disembarking passengers at Kasavu.

“We empathise with passengers who are inconvenienced as a result of embarking and disembarking buses and the only relief we can offer is to get the Kasavu slip reinstated as soon as possible.”

Mr Hutchinson also acknowledged that the fix would take time given the known history of slips in the area.

“This is the first slip at this particular location, but not the first time a slip has occurred in the Kasavu area,” he said.

“The task before us is to identify what is really causing these slips and what solution can we introduce to reduce the chances of this happening again.

“FRA recognises that we need to keep people moving and we ask for the public’s understanding with the use of the Bau Tikina bypass and the transfer of bus passengers at Kasavu.”

The Bau Tikina remains open to vehicles up to a maximum weight restriction of 18 tonnes.

Source: Fiji Roads Authority

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