Currently, buses going to West Nile, Western Uganda and the Northern Route use separate terminals. Those going to North and Eastern park at Namayiba Bus Terminal while those for the Western flank park in Old Kampala with inter city buses scattered in different parts of the city.
One of the Many Bus Terminals in Kampala
The United Bus Drivers and
Operators' Association wants the government to build a common Bus Terminal for
all regional routes in Kampala city. They argue that consolidating bus
terminals in the city will bring convenience to passengers and improve the
structural organization in the city transport sector.
The Chairperson of Bus Owners and
Operators Nathan Byanyima says that having a common bus terminal will save
business time and ease connections to the various regions. He said that currently,
passengers spend too much time and money connecting between one bus terminal to
Buses going to West Nile, Western
Uganda and the Northern Route use separate terminals. Those going to North and
Eastern park at Namayiba Bus Terminal while those for the Western flank park in
Old Kampala with inter city buses scattered in different parts of the city.
Works and Transport Minister Monica
Azuba says that the government will commission a study into the proposal to
evaluate its economic benefits for implementation. She says that if the
proposal is feasible, the government will develop the common terminal in
collaboration with the private sector.
The two were speaking at a
meeting in Namboole National Stadium on Friday afternoon where 611 Bus Drivers
and Operators from 50 Bus Companies gathered to discuss new road safety
measures ahead of the Christmas festivities.
Yunus Kiggundu, the National
Chairperson of Bus Drivers in Uganda says they still need Bus owners to raise
their average monthly payment to one million Shillings. Kiggundu says they have started
dialogues for improved personal welfare and road worthiness of passenger
vehicles to reduce accidents on the roads.
They also discussed the need for
the government to constantly improve road conditions to eliminate black spots on
major highways. He says many routes have narrow spots and poor signage.
Last year alone, 3,658 people
died in various accidents registered on major routes in the country, with 80 per cent blamed on human errors.