JUTC shortens Above Rocks bus route due to breakaway

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is advising the public that as a result of a breakaway on a section of the main road to Above Rocks, St Catherine, it will have to shorten the journey for its route 53 buses which ply Half Way Tree, Constant Spring, Stony Hill and Above Rocks.

The breakaway is in the vicinity of the Above Rocks Police Station, which is located between the terminal point and the turnaround point for buses.

JUTC's Corporate Communications Manager, Cecil Thoms, said the weight and vibration of the bus when passing this area could contribute to a further collapsing of the road.

He said the safety of commuters is paramount, and so buses that ply the route will not cross the breakaway.

“Our buses will now turn around at Parks Road, which is approximately a mile and a half from the terminus, and will undoubtedly impact a significant number of passengers, but it's best to be safe than sorry,” he continued.

Thoms said the truncation of the route is likely to be in place until the road is fixed, and that the bus company is in touch with stakeholders.

The National Works Agency earlier announced that the affected section of roadway has been closed off to large motor vehicles and advised drivers of permitted vehicle to exercise caution in the vicinity of the breakaway.

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