Bus terminal to get new roof next month-• Sun and rain shields to come later


Work to start soon on a new roof for the bus terminal

He told Nation this will be the first phase which will only involve refurbishing the terminal as it is, but there are plans to build extensions to the roof to keep our direct sunshine and rain which often reach users of the otherwise comfortable terminus.

The current one replaced poor sheds which saw chaotic boarding and alighting of passengers before former President France Albert René opened the new terminal in 1997.

The work will be done by Ascent Projects Limited and while GIBB Seychelles will act as consultants.   “Work will be done in six phases beginning with platforms adjacent to the SPTC head office,” said Mr Zialor, who urged members of the public to cooperate given the technical nature of the work, and to listen attentively to, and follow instructions that will be passed over the company’s public address system.  

“Throughout the project, platforms will be relocated so as to enable work to be carried out accordingly.  “Commuters may experience slight lateness and congestion due to merging of platforms and space constraints,” he said.

He said a health and safety plan has been drawn up, “due to the size and nature of the project, to mitigate any incidents or accidents that may occur,” adding safety and security signboards will be erected at the terminal to guide bus and public movements.

During the first phase of the reroofing project, the public toilet facility, located at the far left of the terminal will close down.
Over 55,000 people – both Seychellois and visitors – use the Victoria bus terminal daily. 

The project is expected to be completed by the end of this year, paving the way for the rain and sun shields later.

Mr Zialor said an office block, a fuel station and a depot will also be built at Ile Du Port where 90 of the company’s 250 buses will be parked. There will also be a drivers’ rest room and cashier’s office which will further improve staff work environment and reduce congestion at the existing New Port depot which can no longer cater for the growing number of buses in the SPTC fleet. 
Both projects will be financed by the SPTC.