'Bruk-weh' in Lawrence Tavern to hurt commuters' pockets

May 26, 2017
The major breakaway along the Lawrence Tavern corridor.

The inclement weather that affected most of the island last week, dumping heavy showers and weakening soil in hilly areas, has resulted in the inconvenience of passengers and residents in Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew.

An all too familiar 'bruk-weh' has been recreated, much to the displeasure of those familiar with the main corridor leading to the busy bus and taxi terminal in the town square and beyond.

The Jamaica Urban Transport Company (JUTC) has since shortened its service on the 54 route, which plies from Half-Way Tree to Border.

Buses have terminated service at Temple Hall, greatly affecting thousands of commuters who will now be tasked to find other means to reach their final destination.

Commuters are dreading the extra transportation costs they will now have to face.

Millicent Davies said, "It a go rough. It use to cost a $100. Now if I have to take a taxi from Temple Hall to Tavern and another from Tavern to Border."

For Claude Fuller, the inconvenience could not have come at a worse time.

"Bad timing cause things done hard already. Pickney dem fi go school. Right now, a ride me afi ride go meet dem. No money to pay more on transport," he said.

Craig Bloomfield believes that a particular group would not mind the new transport arrangements.

"A the taxi man dem it sweet. Dem need fi fix back the road fast and fix it good once and for all. Certain man jus a go stop a bruk-weh and turn back. People affi go find dem way further," he said.

JUTC communications manager Cecil Thoms told our news team, "A team of experts visited the area last Friday to determine whether it was safe to continue service along that route."

He said based on the information received, the team determined that it was not worth the risk, and as a result, "we opted to terminate our service at Temple Hall, and we shall continue to do so until the road is rehabilitated".

The National Works Agency (NWA) has also taken note of the damage and says that only small vehicles should use the roadway from Nolan Hill to Border.

THE WEEKEND STAR understands that a technical team from the NWA has assessed the damage and plans are being discussed to rebuild the embankment.

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