City tries again to solve traffic woes on Pattaya railway road

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The city has flicked the switch on an automated traffic control system for both sides of the railway road.

 

The city has flicked the switch on an automated traffic control system for both sides of the railway road.

 

 

Pattaya is taking its third stab at getting traffic lights working correctly along the 16 km New Road.

The city flicked the switch on an automated traffic control system for both sides of the railway road Oct. 26. It marks the third time officials have tried to regulate intersections since the roadway between the Krathinglai Junction and Soi Chaiyapruek 2 fully opened last year.

The original plan was to have the road offer two-way traffic on each side of the tracks. That quickly proved impossible and the city switched the roads to one-way on each side and added traffic lights to allow cars to move across the lanes. But horrendous backups forced officials to simply turn off the red and green lights.

The ATC system, which uses cameras and computers to monitor traffic flow and time lights automatically, will finally solve traffic problems, officials say. However, for now, the city is testing the system to back up its beliefs and will make adjustments to the light-timing algorithms before making the system permanent.