It appears that the cries of bus drivers, students and those plying the Marigot to Londonderry route has not fallen on deaf ears, as government officials are expected to meet with them from 10:00 am on Thursday.
On Wednesday bus drivers stopped serving the route in protest action because sea water had invaded the road near the Douglas Charles Airport in Melville Hall.
“We cannot take more of that sea water until something is done,” Stacia Williams, a bus driver, said.
She said the problem has been occurring for years and pleas for assistance have fallen on deaf ears.
“As you know the salt from the sea water is damaging our vehicles and we have reported that to the Minister of Education and nothing has been done,” she stated.
The protest action affected scores of people including students , commuters and farmers.
Speaking to state-owned DBS Radio on Thursday, Public Works Minister, Ian Pinard, gave the assurance that the ministry is trying to get the right solution for the problem.
He described the matter as a “real bad situation” and noted that the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Works as well as the Chief Technical Officer will be meeting with the protesters to chart a way forward.
Pinard said two options are being looked at.
The first option is to construct wave breakers behind the present seawall or divert the road.
He said the first option will cost a “huge” $25-million.
The Public Works Minister said that necessary documents are being prepared and they should be taken to cabinet for review and a decision “as early as next week.”
“We are definitely committed to finding a solution,” Pinard promised.
In the meantime he is urging the bus drivers to “try their best to be calm,” as the sea swells is not always as high and things should return to normalcy by Thursday.
“I think at the end of the day we will try to see how we can facilitate in terms of the diversion, which is one of the quickest things we can do, but that will still take some time,” Pinard stated.
Meanwhile, Williams said the protest will continue.
“We will continue until we get results,” she said.