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Skytrain studies completed

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The planned skytrain is intended to cut traffic congestion and would open in 2020. KT/Mom Sophon

The government has completed preliminary studies on a $900 million skytrain from Phnom Penh city centre to the international airport.

The 21km track would take a detour through high-priority traffic areas and help tackle the city’s congestion.

Deputy Municipal Governor Eang Ony told a “City for All” conference yesterday at the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Centre that in the last few years the municipality had been working to improve infrastructure.

The aim was to deal with traffic congestion and reduce road accidents, improve the traffic light system and launch public buses.

The skytrain would have a target date of 2020.

“Until now, we have been preparing a preliminary study,” Mr Ony said.

“The capital cost of nearly $900 million for the development of the skytrain is a bit high, but if it is done, it will help us to solve major problems.

“We would have transport from the airport to the city centre and back, going through some priority areas.”

Mr Ony said aspects still to be considered were the raising of funds and planning the development of the railway.

Regarding the preliminary studies into the construction of the railway project, Mr Ony said they had been carried out with the cooperation of the Japanese government.

Japan had also agreed to provide 140 public transport buses to Cambodia, on top of the 157 buses the country is using to cut congestion and reduce traffic accidents in the capital.

Franck Viault, head of cooperation of the EU delegation to Cambodia, encouraged the government to address challenges in the capital and suburbs.

These include traffic congestion, climate adaptation, considerations to ensure security in the city, poverty, sustainability of the green city for citizens and strengthening involvement of institutional partners in planning policies for handling problems for residents.

“The EU wants to see Cambodia develop and address the challenges in the city,” he said.

According to a Ministry of Public Works and Transport report, 3,668,820 vehicles including 537,459 cars and 3,132,361 motorbikes registered between 1990 and 2016.

The traffic congestion problem in Phnom Penh is seen as the result of development, as well as growth of the urban population and vehicle use.

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