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First stop Phnom Penh for Chinese buses

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Governor Khuong Sreng hails the buses. KT/Mai Vireak

Phnom Penh Municipal Hall yesterday received a donation of 100 buses from China to help expand bus routes in the capital.

Five new bus routes are planned in a bid to reduce traffic congestion in the city.

Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng said the buses would also reduce road accidents and pollution.

“We have received 100 vehicles and will expand to five more lines, but please give us time to work on the project,” he said after a handover ceremony.

Officials will meet soon to finalise the new routes to serve as many people as possible, he added.

“These buses are a form of aid from China. I hope we will eventually get more aid from other countries if we can run our public transport better,” Mr Sreng said.

According to the Governor, the buses from China are worth about $8.4 million and include both 60-seat and 27-seat vehicles.

Since 2014, City Hall has been using 43 of its 57 buses to run three lines in Phnom Penh. Between 6,500 and 7,000 people use the services every day.

The Japanese government has also pledged to provide another 180 buses to Cambodia for an expansion of public transport. Tan Qingsheng, charge d’affairs at the Chinese Embassy to Cambodia, said the donated buses will help make it easier for people to get around Phnom Penh.

“This is a new achievement for cooperation between Cambodia and China to improve the livelihoods of people,” he said.

Ean Sokhim, director of transport at City Hall, earlier said the new routes would run from Central Market to Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone, from Preah Monivong Bridge to Prek Pnove Bridge, from Prek Leab carpark to Century Plaza market, from Preah Monivong Bridge to Wat Sleng and from the French Embassy to Preah Monivong Bridge.

He also said transport officials were busy preparing new street maps to reflect the additional routes, while 360 additional bus stops would be installed.

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