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Plans are being made by the Ministry of Transport and Works, to relocate the administrative offices of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, from Twickenham Park in St. Catherine, to premises at Lyndhurst Road, in Kingston, which served as a bus depot.
Responding to questions, portfolio Minister with responsibility for the state-run bus company, Michael Henry, told journalists at Wednesday’s post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House, that consideration was given to the relocation in light of concerns about the safety of employees at the corporate office. This, in the aftermath of the death of late JUTC Chairman, Douglas Chambers, who was gunned down at the Twickenham Park depot on June 27, where he was attending a meeting.
“I have identified a budget, and I have identified the repairs that would be necessary to (be effected to) it (premises), and I am hoping to implement it (shortly). I had hoped (it would have taken place) in 30 to 60 days, (but) I am a little bit behind (time), but it is being examined,” the Minister assured.
Mr. Henry, who is also Chairman of Cabinet’s Infrastructure Committee, advised that, since the slaying of the JUTC’s Chairman, the company has lost its Vice President in charge of Finance, whom he said, “didn’t really return after the incident took place.”
“In any case, I think that the administrative offices may better function, separate from a depot. And therefore, I took that decision to seek to relocate them into Lyndhurst Road, which is completely empty,” he informed.
On a related matter, Mr. Henry advised that a prospective candidate has been identified to assume the Chairmanship of the JUTC.
“I have finalised my recommendation for the naming of a new Chairman of the Board, which has to go to Cabinet (for approval). I am hoping to get it (submission) there (Cabinet meeting) for this Monday (August 25),” Mr. Henry informed.
The Transport and Works Minister has been acting as JUTC Chairman, since Mr. Chambers’ death.