Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hun Sen pulls plug on bus station relocation

Hun Sen pulls plug on bus station relocation

Hun Sen gestures as he enters a school during his trip to Banteay Meanchey province on Tuesday. Facebook
Hun Sen gestures as he enters a school during his trip to Banteay Meanchey province on Tuesday. Facebook

Hun Sen pulls plug on bus station relocation

A controversial plan to relocate Sisophon bus station in Banteay Meanchey has been cancelled thanks to Prime Minister Hun Sen, according to Deputy Provincial Governor Ly Sary.

Hun Sen visited the town yesterday as part of his tour of the Kingdom’s 25 provinces, which began in July. While there, he gave the thumbs down to a plan proposed in February to move Sisophon’s bus station – a local transit hub that hosts 200 taxis and 40 to 50 buses a day – 20 kilometres out of town.

It was an unpopular proposal, with bus drivers and members of the station’s hundreds-strong army of vendors telling the Post when it was floated in February that it would reduce their profit margins. Eight months later, Hun Sen has announced his agreement, Sary said.

“Our prime minister told us we will not move this bus station because people depend on the buses for their livelihoods. I am not against him,” said Sary, who in February said only a minority were dissatisfied with the move.

“He told us that development in our province is not so fast that we need this plot of land to do something else with it.”

Nhem Sophal, a 27-year-old employee of Asia Link bus company in Banteay Meanchey, said he was indifferent to the announcement and that his concern was congestion in Sisophon town centre.

“I am neither for it or against it; I just want things to be more organised and no more traffic jams caused by the bus station being in the town centre,” Sophal said.

MOST VIEWED

  • WHO: Covid in Cambodia goes into new phase

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia said that Cambodia has reached a new phase of the pandemic with “decreasing case numbers, high vaccination coverage and a more transmissible circulating variant threatening a hidden surge”. In a press release on September 6, the WHO said that

  • Purging Sihanoukville’s past with a new masterplan

    Amid illicit activities, haphazard development and abandoned projects, the coastal city of Sihanouk province needs a reset to move forward. A new masterplan might be the answer to shake off its seemingly mucky image to become the Shenzhen of the south Gun toting, shootouts, police

  • Chinese may be first in tourism revival: PM

    Cambodia's tourism industry is gearing up to roll out the red carpet for Chinese travellers after Prime Minister Hun Sen on September 17 indicated that the Kingdom could soon throw open its doors to international holidaymakers vaccinated against Covid-19 – starting with guests from China. Cambodia Chinese

  • 'Pursue your goals, reach out to me': Young diplomat tapped as envoy to South Korea

    Chring Botum Rangsay was a secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation before being designated as the new Cambodian ambassador to South Korea. According to her official CV published on the foreign ministry’s website, she started her first government

  • School reopening ‘offers model for other sectors’

    World Health Organisation (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan said school reopening process should be used as a role model for reopening other sectors currently mothballed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Li strongly supports the government’s decision to reopen schools, saying it is a decision

  • Tourism concerns laid bare

    To ensure the success of plans to reopen the tourism market for international visitors, Cambodia must pay utmost attention to two primary determinants – the ongoing paradigm shift in domestic tourism services towards the ‘new normal’, and the factors influencing choices of destinations among foreign holidaymakers.