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City revs up plans to relocate central bus station

Authorities are expediting work on the design of a new bus station at Lao-ITECC in central Vientiane, with construction expected to take about six months.

Head of the Vientiane transport management section in the public works division, Mr Syvone Subthavy, told Vientiane Times yesterday the design of the bus station was expected to be finalised by the housing section of the public works division in about a month's time.

When the design is complete, it will be sent to a committee comprising representatives from the Vientiane State Bus Enterprise, Lao World Public Company and city authorities for consideration and approval.

Once the design is approved, the bus station will be built in about six months by the Lao World Public Company, Mr Syvone said.

The Vientiane Public Works and Transport Department will move the existing bus station in Nongchan village, Sisattanak district, near the Morning Market, to the new site at Lao-ITECC.

Authorities believe the move will help to ease traffic congestion in central Vientiane, especially around the Morning Market.

The move is also part of preparations for Visit Laos Year 2018, which aims to promote tourism. Under the plan, buses, tuk-tuks and taxis will be permanently moved to the new bus station. Drivers of passenger vehicles will only be permitted to stop temporarily to pick up fares near the Morning Market.

Following the move to Lao-ITECC, drivers can use the old bus station in Nongchan village to pick up passengers, but may not park there for a long time.

By Siladda Suliyong
(Latest Update September 14, 2017)

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