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Urban travel impact

Ana Madigibuli
Friday, November 16, 2012

SINGAPORE'S Urban Transport international president and chief executive officer Loh Chow Kuang is in the country to discuss and identify effective solutions to address Fiji's transport challenges.

Mr Loh, who was the chief guest at the National Transport Consultation Forum held in Lami yesterday, shared Singapore's experience in developing a sustainable urban transport system to representatives from the Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities.

He said urban transport was a key pillar to any city or country and it enabled residents to live, work, learn and play efficiently and it facilitated them to access opportunities open to them.

"Urban transport is a key driver for economic growth and it also has impact upon the environment and quality of life due to its negative consequences like pollution, congestion and safety issues," Mr Loh said.

Permanent secretary for Works, Transport and Public Utilities Commander Francis Kean said Mr Loh brought to the forum a 28-year experience in urban transport planning, development and management covering transport policy, public transport planning, bus development and operations and traffic management.