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Five new bus lines unveiled

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The new bus lines are meant to improve the living standards of garment workers. Khmer Times

The Phnom Penh Governor has unveiled five new bus lines to launch over the next two months in a bid to improve transport for garment workers.

The move came after Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the workers would be allowed to ride on public buses free for two years.

Governor Khoung Sreng said garment workers were particularly encouraged to use the routes, but they would be open to the general public as well.

“City Hall wants to inform garment workers that it will add new lines for public buses to improve their living standards,” he said.

Mr Sreng said the first two lines would begin operating on Friday, while the other three would launch on October 1.

Phnom Penh municipality spokesman Met Measpheakdey said changes to bus routes would mean more factories, businesses, schools and state institutions were covered by public transport, encouraging more people to use the services.

He added that City Hall currently had 150 buses running on eight lines.

Services will expand further next year, once Japan donates about 100 buses to Cambodia.

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