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No decision yet to discontinue exclusive Mandela Highway bus lane, says Henry

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2016 | 12:03 PM
In this file photo, a policeman stops a JUTC bus in the exclusive bus lane along the Mandela Highway.

The Transport Minister Mike Henry says there has been no decision yet to discontinue the exclusive bus lane on the Mandela Highway in St Catherine.

Yesterday, the state minister with responsibility for works Everald Warmington announced that starting immediately the government would halt the exclusive bus lane because it was not successful.


State Minister with responsibility for Works Everal Warmington

Speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning, the Transport Minister said Warmington, as the minister with responsibility for works had written to him asking for the bus lane to be discontinued.

READ: Gov't to discontinue exclusive JUTC bus lane on Mandela Highway

However, Henry says he first has to be complete his assessment on the effectiveness of the exclusive bus lane which is operated from 6 to 8 a.m., Mondays to Fridays.


Transport Minister Mike Henry

Henry says by month-end, he expects to make a decision on Warmington’s request to close the bus lane.

The previous JUTC management had said it had seen an increase in revenues since it started operating the bus lane in November 2013.

However, several motorists said it was inconvenient, with one group getting the go-ahead from the Supreme Court to challenge the decision to commandeer a section of the west bound lane as an exclusive bus lane heading east bound to Kingston.