Embracing green mobility in Cambodia and Laos through smart transport design

Jerman Cheung Jerman Cheung East Asia Press Office,Hong Kong
11 August 2020

Arup has been awarded a World Bank-funded green mobility (including walk and cycle) study in Cambodia and Laos to promote low-carbon mobility through targeted infrastructure improvements while preserving the countries’ UNESCO World Heritage sites.

In Siem Reap, Cambodia and Luang Prabang, Laos – both home to world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage sites – the existing road infrastructure network is being stretched to its capacity due to population growth, greater use of motorised vehicles and ever-increasing tourist volumes, leading to major transport and urban mobility issue for residents and tourists alike.

To enable sustainable accessibility in both cities, Arup will develop a vision for each city to turn the tide and facilitate a modal shift to walking, cycling, non-motorised transport (NMT) and public transport to safeguard the unique heritage from being overrun with cars.

Building upon Arup’s Walking in the Tropics research, a composite green mobility ‘score’ will be developed to benchmark the cities against other comparable tourist locations – which can then be used to identify key mobility shortcoming in the cities and lead to a ‘master plan’ of improvements. We will also develop concept designs and provide training to local stakeholders on planning, designing and implementing a sustainable and green mobility agenda.

Following our collaboration on a bus network restructuring project in Hanoi, we are excited to work with the World Bank again to deliver health, environmental, mobility and urban development benefits for Cambodia and Laos. ” Corey Wong Corey Wong Associate Director in Transport Consulting