Why no long-distance coach station?

2016-10-19 06:00

PIETERMARITZBURG has been my home town since 1990.

I have at times travelled by coach from Pietermaritzburg to Johannesburg and back. This mode of transport has several advantages, but there is one unappealing feature - the boarding point in Pietermaritzburg.

Why must relatives or friends double-park or park across a busy road to drop off passengers, who must then struggle with luggage and sit in an inadequate area regarded as a waiting room, until the coach arrives.

Relatives and friends who are meeting a passenger must sit in their vehicle wherever they find parking, until the coach arrives.

When the coach arrives, there is no designated parking space, suitable or safe, at the kerbside. The coach stops some way from the kerb and passengers must stand with their luggage on a littered pavement being jostled by pedestrians, while going through the boarding formalities. This is even more unpleasant in inclement weather, and makes boarding a most disagreeable experience.

I am astonished that KwaZulu-Natal’s capital is unable to provide a functional coach station that can be used by the carriers.

Some years ago, a large taxi rank was built in the centre of town. Why can the same not be done for the long-distance passengers?

Possible venues include the old railway station, the airport, Chatterton Road and Liberty Midlands Mall.



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