A new inter-city bus terminal has been established adjacent to the High Glen Shopping Complex in a bid to reduce congestion in the CBD. The station, which has been operational since late last month, is an attempt to complement the local authorities’ efforts to decongest the city as well as to cater for inter-city travellers who live in the high density suburbs.
Road Port Private Limited general manager, Merkia Makamure, said that this came after the realisation that commuters were forced to make long and tiring journeys to places like Mbare to catch buses and hence there was a need to bring the facilities closer. He also stressed the urgent need to have a place that is secure, clean and devoid of touts. “We are coming in to complement what the local authorities are doing as well as to provide a first class service,” he said.
The new Road Port is set to benefit residents of areas like Glen View, Budiriro, Highfields, Marimba and Kuwadzana, among others. In the past residents have been mugged along the way to undesignated pick-up points that are mushrooming across the city, like the illegal Mbudzi terminal. There are no proper ablution facilities or functional lighting at these places.
A resident of Glen View, Tsitsi Nyoka, said that this comes as a relief as it has brought the bus rank closer to the residential areas, meaning that travellers can easily pre-book buses without going into the CBD. “It has become relatively cheap as well because you don’t need to hire a taxi to get there and you can easily walk home if you live in the vicinity,” she said. The terminus can accommodate up to ten buses at once and it is strategically located so that travellers can utilise the shops and banks within the mall.
Director of Operations for Munhenzwa Bus Company, Itai Matavata, reiterated that residents from nearby suburbs can take advantage of the already existing services offered by the shopping complex. He also said that the new terminal has great potential and it should be utilised fully.
Makamure highlighted that bus companies that will be offering their services include CAG, Zimbabwe United Passenger Company, Inter Africa, Urban Connect and BT Trans. Inter-city route buses and regional buses can be pre-booked, a development which Matavata said is a big advantage as it guarantees the security of passengers and their luggage.