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A NUMBER OF COMMUTERS were once again stranded for hours in the Fairchild Street and Princess Alice bus terminals yesterday.

And as the Transport Board struggles with only having a fraction of its fleet on the road, around 42 of 271 up to last week, there was some criticism that yesterday’s Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) annual picnic at Barclays Park, St Andrew, was diverting valuable resources, leaving the travelling public in even more dire straits.

Fifteen Transport Board buses were part of the massive fleet of vehicles – 176 in all, as reported by party officials – that ferried some of the thousands of people to the Ermie Bourne Highway venue.

However, Minister of Transport Dr William Duguid, who was at the picnic, said such private work was important to the state-owned agency. “You cannot negate the opportunity for charters as these bring in more profits for the Transport Board than routes,” he said.

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