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Villagers Want Improvements For Safer Bus Travel

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) chief executive officer John Hutchinson says he is aware of road safety issues raised by Nasekula villagers in Labasa. One of the concerns is that
28 Apr 2017 11:00
Villagers Want Improvements For Safer Bus Travel
The bus stop which do not have a place to walk on when they got off the bus in the village on 26 April 2017 Photo:Peni Drauna

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) chief executive officer John Hutchinson says he is aware of road safety issues raised by Nasekula villagers in Labasa.

One of the concerns is that when a bus arrives, there is no footpath or a bus stop for the passengers to board or load and off load their baggage.

There is a special concern about school children and their safety.

Mr Hutchinson said the FRA has made arrangements to have a project in place for this year’s plan.

“However, unfortunately this cannot be done before the Term Two starts,” Mr Hutchinson said.

“I would like to request the parents and children continue to remain alert on our roads as FRA works to bring out safety improvements to the road networks.”

Viliame Usi, a grandfather of two said for so many years he has been witnessing his grandchildren struggling to get on and off the bus.

“There is no accident yet and we do not want this to happen when the school starts,” Mr Usi said.

His comments were supported by Nasekula Village headman Pita Davelevu.

Mr Davelevu said he had addressed this issue with FRA.

“Safety is paramount and I hope FRA will look into our request as soon as possible,” Mr Davelevu said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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