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Traffic jams in the Solomon Islands costing billions

28 March 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Lisa Lahari-Williams -

Traffic jams in the Solomon Islands capital Honiara are costing a whopping $3.7 billion in lost productivity, profits and time each year. 

Traffic in Honiara. Photo/ SIBC News.

That figure, around $668 million NZD, is an estimate based on road flow studies by the President of the Economic Association of the Solomon Islands, Dr. Luke Forau, in 2016. 

He says the brunt of lost time comes from employees spending hours in traffic or waiting for public transport when they need to be at work.  

The rest comes from services and goods hit by costly delays.

The report has renewed a long running campaign from the country's business sector and many residents for a massive road revamp in the capital. 

Tags: Solomon Islands,