New Traffic Light System to Reduce Congestion in Phnom Penh

AKP Phnom Penh, Installation of new traffic light system at 100 locations in Phnom Penh is expected to contribute significantly to addressing traffic congestion in the capital.

Speaking at a recent press conference, Project Formulation Advisor to Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr. Hideaki Iwase underlined that once the new traffic light system installed, average travel speed will increase by 14 percent or between 12.5 to 14.2 kilometres per hour.

With one of the latest technologies, he added, the traffic light system will increase the capital's roads capacity by 3 percent and reduce demand for the mobilisation of traffic police by 20 percent.

Easily customised to fit fluctuating traffic conditions, the new system is also incorporated with road cameras and centralised with one control unit operated from the capital hall.

Despite the calculated advantages, representative official from the capital hall Mr. Chou Kimtry and Mr. Hideaki Iwase made it clear that traffic jam cannot be eliminated without compliance of travellers with the traffic light and the traffic law.

According to Mr. Chou Kimtry, Phnom Penh has about two million residents owning approximately 1.5 million motorbikes and 400,000 cars.

As planned the happening installation work will hit 80 percent by July 2017 and completed in February 2018.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press