Beijing faces increasing traffic congestion as more vehicles on road

16:34, July 26, 2010      

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The Chinese capital saw 345,000 more vehicles on the road in the first half of the year, intensifying traffic congestion, according to the municipal commission of transport.

The commission's latest figures show in the first half, Beijing had 4.4 million vehicles on the road, with an average driving speed of 24.2 km per hour during week day morning rush hours, 3.6 percent slower than the average morning rush hour speed last year.

Beijing has maintained the ban on private cars being driven one work-day a week in the urban areas.

A total of 3.3 billion people used Beijing's public transport in the first half of the year, up 4.7 percent year on year.

The city is rapidly expanding its public transport networks and in 2015 will have 561 km of urban rail lines, said Guo Jifu, head of the Beijing Transportation Research Center.

However, he said that this would not fix Beijing's traffic woes as the city's population would continue to increase as well as the number of vehicles on the road.



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