Brunei's roads and cars

Yesterday as usual is Wedding Day in Brunei. One of the subjects brought up was cars, traffic jams and roads. When I came back I thought I will look up the statistics and I was quite surprised to see the statistics on cars and roads here in Brunei.

In 2001, there were 3,299 kilometers of roads in Brunei. However there were 186,786 private cars, 398 taxis, 1,567 buses which totalled 188,751 vehicles. If all vehicles were to be driven at the same time, there would be 57 vehicles on every kilometer of roads in Brunei.

But in 2005, there were 3,650 kilometers of roads. An addition of some 351 kilometers of roads, or some 10.4% additional over 5 years. But the number of vehicles are now made up of 232,892 private cars (25% increase over 2001), 402 taxis and 1,825 buses (16% increase over 2001) which totalled some 239,917 vehicles (27% increased over 2001). Roads increased by 10% and vehicles increased by 27%. Talk about imbalance. Now the ratio is 66 vehicles on every kilometers of roads in Brunei.

If I can get hold of 2007 statistics, I am sure the ratio would have increased again as many new cars were bought when the salary acceleration was made in 2006. If this goes on, every road would look like Jalan Tutong (Telanai Junction to Bengkurong Junction) at its peak where traffic crawled every morning and afternoon.

The government is building more new roads especially to where the development are. But what is more difficult is increasing the capacity of existing roads. There are several solutions. Mass transit is one in whatever form. Perhaps with the new enlarged capital, the Municipal authority can start looking into the possibility of improved bus services. Secondly, additional carriageways on existing roads (in other words, built roads upwards). Thirdly provide additional relief outlets. All of which require effort, time and money. We are going to have our hands full.


Anonymous said…
Going into or coming out of Jangsak on any given school days is a definite ageing factor, but I'm sure it's not as stressful as having to commute from Bengkurong/Sinarubai and beyond. Maybe a bridge connecting that side to Kota Batu?
Anonymous said…
In your opinion, are our numbers still too small for the govt to start planning for a mass public transport system like the MRT in Singapore?
Anonymous said…
yeah i was thinking the same thing. would building MRT just like in singapore be appropriate in Brunei? The buses should be improved altogether. There should be directory available to refer to, and perhaps mentioning the tourist attractions the places can offer. This could boost our tourism. And one thing I notice is that, the bus stops are far from one another. Can it be shorten and can the stops be appropriately built - safer? Taking buses in Brunei isnt exactly popular amongst us but I seriously do hope there will be something that may help Brunei to use and support its public transport. It's a good investment. The school children could use this without having to disturb the working hours of the parents, tourist can use this to explore Brunei, those who dont own a car can move around in Brunei.
Anonymous said…
I dont think MRTs will solve the problem. Singapore has millions whilst Brunei has only a quarter of a mill. MRTs are expensive to build and maintain. I agree with the buses. Improve them, start with changing the purple color please? Seriously. Colour is equal to image.I will surely hop in myself if the buses are improved.
Anonymous said…
Flyovers are the in-trend nowadays *hehe*
CiliQueen said…
Soon..the ratio of cars on the roads will be on par with the human population...yikes!
Anonymous said…
Pls check the road engineering academic research available: Bigger wider roads don't solve congestion & some schools of thought even suggest that they create more volume/ congestion/ bottlenecks instead.

Seriously, planners really should think so LT n outside the box! In 10-15 years, we'll double our ppl, so do we still turn 2 lanes to 4, put 2 flyovers over 1. Come on - got money kah?

Don't make the mistakes that every other country has done. Almost all start too late & pls pls talk interminis. Just becos its someone esles juris, doesn't mean its not ur prob. Harsh words this is but if your gen doesn't think abt it, who will?
Anonymous said…
Traffic congestion?
My unhealthy brain says that if public transportation can be improved (oh of course it can), logic says less people use own vehicle, decrease in sales of vehicles, less people 'berhutang' to buy vehicles, less profit for banks (haha yea rite), less pollution, hmm, what more....

Point is, traffic congestion should not only help the congestion itself, but should help population, health, wealth and etc which are good.

But let's say we have better buses, and also have after sunset service, companies should not try to produce problems such as trips+tired and sleepy driver+full passenger, we all saw that in a neighbour country.

the word vehicles/vehicle in this post are/is defined as individual transportation.
Anonymous said…
Bruneians are too proud to use public transportation. (I'm gonna get alot of stick over this statement.)
Anonymous said…
Proud? hehe no wonder, because there are people (or lots of people) who associate public transportation with non-locals/tourists and else (?). And might be in turn led to locals being shameful?
Known said…

I understand that this post is published in 2008 and today is 2010. I hoping the author of this site or anyone could be helpful.

The post quoted several statistic regarding Brunei Automotive Population. May I know where the author referenced it from? Or anyone can guide me where I can get the latest statistic.

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