FACTS and FIGURES #34: A report on traffic issues in Phnom Penh from 2014 to 2017

As Phnom Penh city continues to grow, so too does the volume of traffic on its roads. Urban development typically brings more people to the city, where employment opportunities are greater than those in rural areas. Unfortunately, infrastructure has failed to keep pace with the rising population in Cambodia’s capital, and it is having a significant impact on road congestion, traffic accidents, and driver frustration. Ultimately, “congested roads are a strain on the environment, the economy and the overall quality of life”.

Phnom Penh’s traffic congestion has no single explanation. The rapid increase in population goes some way to explaining the growth in traffic issues, but ultimately it is a multifaceted problem that stems from the public, authorities, and infrastructure quality alike.

The purpose of this research is to determine how severe issues related to traffic in Phnom Penh are. In collecting and categorizing reports made to Urban Voice Cambodia (UVC)ii between 2014 and 2016, and by utilizing the data and research conducted by STT during 2017, figures on traffic jams, accidents, and road conditions can be understood, and possible solutions considered.

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Contact for more information:

Mr. Isaac Daniels, Program Adviser of Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT)

E-mail: advisor@teangtnaut.org