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Sister islanders will be facilitated when domestic travel starts at TPP

The designated holding area for taxi operators at the Pier Park.

The BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) is assuring residents it is swiftly making arrangements to accommodate persons on the sister islands when domestic ferries begin operating from the Cyril B Romney Tortola Pier Park starting April 15.

The BVIPA’s assurance comes days after Opposition Leader Marlon Penn expressed concern that sister islands will suffer greatly once they start using the Pier Park as their port of entry to and from Tortola.

The BVIPA said once the decision was made to reroute domestic travel through the Tortola Pier Park, it began discussions with domestic ferry partners to ensure a seamless transition for staff, crew members and travellers. 

“Decisions were made on ensuring the following: adequate parking, a continuation of current ferry schedule, transportation of cargo, ticket counters that meet health and safety protocols and the overall health and safety of employees and sister island travellers utilising the BVIPA’s ports,” the BVIPA said in a statement on Friday.

Adequate parking

Penn had said residents would bear an additional burden because of the difficulty in finding parking and a designated loading location at the Pier Park.

However, the BVIPA has assured that they are working with the Ministry of Transportation, and authorities at the Pier Park to establish dedicated parking areas for domestic travellers and a holding area for taxi operators.

“These works are ongoing to facilitate the upcoming influx of traffic that will be routed through the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park due to the separation of ferry operations,” the BVIPA stated.

The Authority also said passengers disembarking the ferry at the excursion dock will have a dedicated route to the area reserved for taxi operators. 

And according to the BVIPA, this dedicated route has been designed to be fully accessible and is equipped with ramps to assist with traversing the excursion dock, luxury deck, boardwalk and proceeding through the exit gate to the holding area for taxi operators.

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  1. Styles. says:

    There is not enough parking at pier park since forever and now all of a sudden they are going to make enough parking in a weeks time.

    Stop lying.

    • Doh says:

      There has always been plenty of parking.

      Double park, park behind people, and park in loading and emergency zones.

      BVI love

    • VG Resident says:

      Once they done have us like no Poppyshow regulating everything we do in that area, we good. Because I know TPP Management ain’t easy! I will have to stay my a** Virgin Gorda

  2. Oohhh boiii says:

    And tell us about access to ferries with shopping bags and.boxes

  3. Water boy says:

    Make sure all dem taxi drivers got Covid shots

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  4. King of Anegada says:

    Don’t worry, my cousin Theodolph was more like Martin. They don’t get it right, they will get introduced to Malcolm! No arguments, just waltz over to the tourists and shut it down! Let them bare witness to the atrocities we as Anegadians have been faced with for over 161 years!

    Dan Dan the Great Grand
    Speaker of the Field
    House of Norman, Faulkner, Fahie, Rhymer, Wheatley, Proctor, & The Indigenous Amerindians

    #tisafightcoming

  5. ??? says:

    So… I thought they were doing some kind of construction on the ferry terminal in town? What ever happened with that? All of a sudden they rerouting passengers to TPP. I thought thats why they kept pushing the date back… because construction wasn’t complete. Make it make sense…

  6. Asking says:

    What’s happening to the West End Dock? Why couldn’t the International Travelers use West End and local use Road Town. What is the Plan when the Cruise Ships start coming?
    Don’t see the need to reroute VG and Anegada because they dont use the same pier. Poor decision making.
    Hope they make the parking space at the pier park comfortable for users because that place can be so muddy when it rains.
    Address the parking problem along the route to and from the pier park.That double parking in vicinity of the complex next to Maria’s. It’s a hazzard especially for Emergency vehicles. Those motorists who blatantly disregard the no entry sign along that route need to stop.Follow the rules. You can cause a head on collision. Hope the authorities are being observant.

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