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Toll road could clash with trains

Published:Thursday | March 31, 2011 | 2:01 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Gleaner Writer

Transport and Works Minister, Mike Henry, said he is taking steps to review provisions in the toll road agreement, as the government moves ahead with plans to resume passenger rail service.

Henry said plans for the rail service are advancing with a test run from May Pen, Clarendon to Linstead, St. Catherine, scheduled for April 16.

However, under provisions of the toll road agreement between French construction company, Bouygues, and Jamaica, the government cannot set up modes of transportation that would directly compete with the toll road.

If Bouygues experiences a loss of revenue as a result of this competition, the government would be required to compensate the construction company.

Henry told reporters at yesterday’s post Cabinet press briefing, that he will be reviewing the provisions of the toll road agreement.