KINGSTON — Minister of Transport and Works, Hon Mike Henry, says he is satisfied with the smooth first run of the Jamaica Railway Corporation's (JRC) passenger service between Linstead and Spanish Town, on Tuesday morning.
The trains will traverse both ways along the corridor, mornings and afternoons daily, Mondays to Fridays, while the Bog Walk Gorge road remains closed to allow for critical pipe laying work.
Mr. Henry said the temporary resumption of the rail service was timed to coincide with the closure of the gorge road, and that the service was still being fine tuned. However, he said he was encouraged by reports that over 150 persons travelled on the first run to Spanish Town, and those heading to Kingston were seamlessly connected to the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus service heading into city.
“The reports all pointed to a successful start which, if maintained, will bring much greater comfort to travelling between Linstead and Spanish Town,” Mr. Henry said.
He added that, based on the progress being made, it is becoming clear that very good things are happening in the country, “and if we only co-operate and combine our ideas and determination, a lot more success can be achieved."
Mr. Henry lauded the JRC team, led by its Chairman, Barry Bonitto, for the steady progress being made with the resumption of the rail service. However, he said with the service being dormant for 19 years, there were still some hurdles to be cleared before formal resumption can take place.
By Balford Henry, JIS Reporter & Editor