Review of internal and external transportation issues of artificial city developments: Port City, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Artificial islands are considered as a lucrative option for countries facing land shortage and congestion. However, many countries such as, Australia, China, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, UAE and Maldives have constructed such artificial islands for various reason. The Colombo Port City is an offshore artificial island which will be constructed next to the extended Colombo harbour in Sri Lanka which has a gross land area of 269 hectares (2.66 km2). The main purpose of this city development is to offer an eminent potential for business, leisure and tourism, high quality of living not only for Sri Lankans but also for internationals. The land use of the new city will consist of residential developments, shopping areas, hotels, apartments, offices, educational institutes, recreation areas, a variety of sport facilities, marinas as well as a supporting transportation network. Given the circumstances, there is a massive public and political concern about how this sort of an artificial city could be connected to the main land. Therefore, the objective of this study was to review the viability of this development in the transportation aspect. This paper will also evaluate the inland transportation planning, operational as well as construction phase and its integration with the main network. Author’s direct involvement to the Traffic Impact Assessments has given a great insight to the paper. Transportation network connectivity between port city and main land was reviewed, potential problems are identified and some solutions were discussed to maximize the efficiency of the network. The smooth integration with proposed future transport developments in the main city is also considered.


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  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: 38th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF 2016), Melbourne, 16th - 18th November 2016

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  • Accession Number: 01627410
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 27 2017 10:06AM