Could this be a possible resolve to the short bus route issue? Bus-bay zoning at main market planned

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A 3D model of the Central Market area

With the upgrade of the road and the new bus bays in front of the central market, very soon zoning of buses for each destination will be finalized.

This comes about after the Honiara City Council Works Standing Committee held a dialogue with the President and members of the Honiara Bus Association during which they discuss and come up with solutions to coordinate bus movements at the Central Market bus bays.

Chairman of the Works Standing Committee Councilor Robert Oge says this will help to ease problems faced by the public, bus owners and also the traffic congestions.

“The National Government is yet to pass the short bus route bill, and this is one of the issues that we hope to address in coordinating bus movements with proper zoning at the newly upgraded bus-bays.

“This will put a stop to buses parking anywhere along the road whenever they want.

“The idea is also to help ease the traffic congestions which frequently frustrate drivers and the public at large,” he says.

 Mr Oge says the Honiara City Council will work closely with relevant authorities and the bus association to coordinate bus routes within the City.

The Works Chairman urged various authorities to work closely with the HCC to review the Transport Ordinance to best suit the demands faced today by public-transport users.

He also told bus owners who are operating transport businesses within the City that there are certain rules and guidelines which their drivers and conductors have to abide by.

A proposed ad hoc meeting involving responsible authorities, including the bus association will be held to further discuss the bus routes issue, zonings and coordination of buses within the City.

Meanwhile Mr Oge thanked the Japanese Government for funding the road project and the partnership with the Solomon Islands Government through the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development and further applauds the road contractor Kitano for the professional work that is shining through.