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As part of long term efforts to tackle traffic congestion in urban centres, the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, will be seeking to establish a modern Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).

This is to provide real-time monitoring and control of highway traffic operations, through a centralized Traffic Management Centre (TMC).

State Minister in the Transport, Works and Housing Ministry, Hon. Richard Azan, made the announcement, as he addressed the House of Representatives in the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate, on June 5.

The State Minister informed that a review of traffic congestion and road capacity has shown that congestion in urban centres islandwide has grown considerably over the last decade.

He said the project objectives include: the real time monitoring and control of traffic signal operations; construction of real time traffic data collection system (speed, volume); construction of a national traveller advisory system; and construction of a national high speed broadband communication system.

Mr. Azan explained that a key requirement for the national Intelligent Transportation System is the construction of a dedicated National Broadband Communication System to support its communication needs islandwide.

He informed that as a first step, the Ministry, through the National Works Agency (NWA), will complete the installation of 4,000 metres of underground duct and fibre optic cables for the Corporate Area during this fiscal year.

Contact: Andrea Braham