Kombi holding bay commissioned

HARARE - Congestion at the city’s commuter omnibus ranks will be over with the commissioning of the Coventry Road holding bay on August 5, the Harare City Council has said.

The bay which has been lying idle since 2013 was constructed at an estimated cost of $500 000 and was supposed to have been completed at the  beginning of the year.

Harare City Council spokesperson Leslie Gwindi said logistics for the successful implementation of use for the bay have been put in place.

“A kombi coming from the Holding Bay to the bus rank will be issued with a ticket to be surrendered at the entrance,” Gwindi said adding that: “The ticket will bear the number plate of the kombi and only kombis with certified tickets will be allowed to pick up passengers,”.

He also emphasised that contrary to public speculation, passengers will not be dropped off at the bay.

Gwindi said Harare Metro Police and the Traffic Enforcement officers will man both the Holding Bay and the Copacabana Bus Rank, with support from
the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

He said though the bay will help in decongesting the city, more ranks will be built for operators plying the southern suburb routes.

He also said there was a need to introduce a mass bus transit system, with a gradual phasing out of small commuter omnibuses.

Gwindi said for hygienic purposes, temporary mobile toilets will be used at the bay while construction of permanent structures will follow later.

Earlier Judith Mujegu of the HCC traffic and transport section said council was looking into constructing modern bus interchanges at the four ranks in Harare.

Comments (2)

how is the city council going to ensure that people are not going to be mugged bcoz I ve notice its quite a distance from the the core of the city

clive - 2 August 2014

Guys lets be serious. $500 000 for leveling the ground. The authorities can do better than that. Really you cant expect people to be boarding buses from there where to start with there is no shelter. In three months it will be raining and u will expect people to use the place. $500 000 really? Surely something better could have been built.

Maona - 3 August 2014

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