x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Still no sleep for those near terminus

Despite assurances from the RTA, people living near Rashidiya bus terminus are still being woken up by drivers blaring their horns.

DUBAI // Two weeks ago, people living near Rashidiya bus terminus received word they would no longer be woken up by drivers blaring their horns. That may have been wishful thinking. "I received a text message from the RTA saying that 'the case has been resolved'," said Fraser Martin, 54, a British motoring consultant. "Needless to say, it has not been resolved, and I have written back to them again today, telling them so."

"How much more patient am I supposed to be, having had my sleep disturbed for two months?" The Road and Transport Authority sent the message to residents who had complained about bus drivers tooting their horns. Mr Martin said the text message offered no explanation of how the problem had been resolved. No one from the RTA was available for comment yesterday. The buses, all of which are feeder buses for the Al Rashidiya metro station, start to line up at 6am every day and blast their horns as they try to find space.

Mr Martin said he had also tried talking to the drivers. "They have been complaining to the RTA that there is not enough room at the terminus to accommodate the number of buses," he said. eharnan@thenational.ae