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Skytrain solution for Phnom Penh

A driverless train runs through a city in Korea, in a photograph posted to Phnom Penh City Hall’s Facebook page on Wednesday. Photo: Cambodia Daily

Phnom Penh, Cambodia February 8 2017 – Phnom Penh’s skyline is dominated by low rises, but the city’s look could change if they follow in the footsteps of neighbour Bangkok and build a skytrain to ease growing congestion.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will conduct a feasibility study on building an urban railway in Phnom Penh, with the aim of developing a master plan to reduce traffic congestion in the capital.
“The project will contribute to cutting down traffic congestion, which is part of the work that JICA has been doing,” said City Hall spokesman Met Measpheakdey.

The JICA is planning on carrying out a feasability stufy for an Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) line in April.

“After they finish conducting the study, we will know how many millions will be spent, and whether the money for implementing the project or building the skyline for AGT will be a donation from Japan through JICA,” said Measpheakdey. A figure of $800 million was quoted in September, when the AGT idea was first raised.