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FRA Working On New Design For Bus Shelters

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is currently working on designing a new bus stop shelter for residents in Tamavua, Suva. The authority’s chief executive officer, John Hutchinson, yesterday made the
22 Jan 2017 11:00
FRA Working On New Design For Bus Shelters
Moses McGoon pointing to a site where the new bus shelter is yet to be built in Tamavua, Suva. Photo: Shahani Mala.

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is currently working on designing a new bus stop shelter for residents in Tamavua, Suva.

The authority’s chief executive officer, John Hutchinson, yesterday made the comment in response to a complaint from a Tamavua resident saying that nothing had been done about the construction of their bus shelter.

Moses McGoon, 68, said FRA had done nothing for the past three years.

“FRA have only dug out the footpath and put in the pipe. Nothing has been done in the last three years.

“When we call or email them there is no response,” he said.

Mr Hutchinson told Fiji Sun FRA had frozen all future or current installation of bus shelters.

“We have changed the redesign of the bus shelter because the community was not satisfied with the design of the bus shelter that was approved in 2014,” he said.

“We are in the process of developing a new bus shelter design, our range of design which will involve community consultation and feedback and once we will have approval on those, we will then reinstall the bus shelters.”

Mr McGoon said during a policing community meeting in 2011, they decided to build a new bus shelter near the Tamavua Community Police Post.

“The reason we came up with the idea is because people, including children, had to run across the busy road to find shelter in the shop when it rains,” he said.

They looked for sponsors and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) agreed to support them.

“Late October, 2011 we approached FRA with all our plans and we were told to get a contractor to do it,” Mr McGoon said.

“Our contractor charged us $11,000 to build the bus shelter. We again took the plans to FRA and they rejected it and told us that they have to do something about their design.

“The cost of their design was $24,000. So, I went back to my sponsors and they said to get it done.”

Mr Hutchinson said he was not aware of the incident, but would follow up on it.

To date only the footpath at the site has been dug out for the planned bus stop shelter.

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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