Phnom Penh faces traffic chaos

November 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 24 November 2017: Government officials  want China to invest more in a metropolitan rail system and invest in real estate projects in the capital Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh Municipal Governor  Khuong Sreng made the suggestion during a meeting with Li Dejin, vice governor of Fujian province, the People’s Republic of China in Phnom Penh yesterday, according to Khmer Times.

Phnom Penh is heading the same way as other Southeast Asian cities as residents clamour to buy cars  causing both traffic congestion and air pollution. Read more

IATA: Air travel grows in July

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

GENEVA, 21 September 2017: Global passenger traffic in July showed a strong, but moderating demand growth with an increase of 6.8% in revenue passenger km, according to the latest figures from the International Air Transport Association.

All regions reported solid, or better growth, in passenger volumes over the past year. Capacity (available seat km or ASKs) increased by 6.1%, and load factor rose 0.6 percentage points to a July record of 84.7%.

“As is evidenced by the record high load factor in July, the appetite for air travel remains very strong. However, the stimulus effect of lower fares is softening in the face of rising cost inputs. This suggests a moderating in the supportive demand backdrop,” said  IATA’s director general and CEO. Alexandre de Juniac. Read more

Ryanair scraps flights to be on time

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 19 September 2017: Ryanair announced at the weekend it was cancelling between 1,680 and 2,100 flights over the next six weeks in a bid to “improve punctuality”, sparking outrage from passengers who suddenly have to make new travel plans.

The Irish low-cost airline said it would scrap 40 to 50 flights daily — “less than 2% of its flying programme — to address problems caused by air traffic control (ATC) delays and strikes, weather disruption and a change in the holiday schedules of pilots and cabin crews.

Throughout last Friday, the Ryanair Twitter feed was filled with complaints from passengers who had their flights cancelled, with one describing the lack of notice an “absolute disgrace” and another saying it was “shocking”. Read more

Walking street rules in pipeline

July 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 27 July 2017: Hanoi People’s Committee will issue regulations for the walking area around Hoan Kiem Lake in August.

Vietnam Net Bridges quoted the committee chairman, Nguyen Duc Chung, saying the committee reviewed negative issues concerning Hoan Kiem Lake’s walking area.

Authorities have identified problems such as public health, sanitation, dog walking, toy car rental services and poor-quality cultural events that could deter people from using the walking area. Read more

HCMC: Ferries to ease traffic woes

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 27 February 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Transport will launch two commuter ferry services on canals and rivers this June and in September to ease traffic pressure on city highways.

Local media reported the commuter ferry from Bach Dang wharf in District 1 to Linh Dong ward in Thu Duc will start services this June.

The second route from Bach Dang to District 8 will start in September. Read more

Cable cars could beat the traffic

January 19, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 19 January 2017: A cable car transfer has been proposed to ease congestion on the approach to Tan Son Nhat International Airport on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City.

Local media reported the project developer, Vu Huy Thang, had proposed building a cable-propelled transit system for passengers to reach Tan Son Nhat International Airport instead of struggling in the usually crowded main streets leading to Vietnam’s busiest airport.

The cable car system would be built in the nearby Hoang Van Thu and Go Vap parks. Read more

Vientiane invests in CCTV

July 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 25 July 2016: Vientiane, often tagged Asia’s safest capital, is now installing additional CCTV cameras and security alarms  at over 790 locations to improve safety for visitors and manage traffic.

Lao News Agency reported the USD28 million contract was signed by the Ministry of Public Security and Golden Dragon Company.

The move is intended to make the capital more secure and improve surveillance for law agencies. There are already CCTV cameras at popular spots in the city, but the additional ones will extend cover to most parts of the inner city districts. Read more

London tops gridlocked cities

March 16, 2016 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 16 March 2016: London tops the list of traffic gridlocked cities according to a traffic scorecard released by INRIX, a global leader for connected car technology and transportation analytics.

INRIX has published its 2015 Traffic Scorecard, a benchmark for governments and cities in Europe and the US to measure progress in improving urban mobility.

Of 100 cities, worldwide, London topped the list, with drivers wasting an average of 101 hours, or more than four days, in gridlock in 2015. Read more

Police nab traffic offenders

March 11, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 11 March 2016: Thai authorities will strictly apply traffic law enforcement to improve road safety at eight major tourist destinations throughout the country.

Destinations that come under strict application of traffic laws are: Pattaya; Chiang Mai; Chiang Rai; Ko Samui; Phuket; Hat Yai; Samut Prakan; Ayutthaya.

The measures came into effect 1 March. They were announced by the Royal Thai Police and its related divisions including the Tourist Police. Read more