Hong Kong’s ongoing project to replace conventional traffic signals with light emitting diode (LED) signals will finish in 2012, according to the country’s secretary for transport and housing.

The work, which began in February 2009, involves replacing lights at almost 2,000 traffic signals in Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories regions.

In Hong Kong 80% of traffic signals at almost 400 planned junctions have been replaced and the remaining work is expected to finish by the first quarter of 2010.

Work on the 670 junctions in Kowloon is scheduled to begin shortly and finish in the first quarter of 2011.

The final stage, covering nearly 830 junctions in the New Territories region, is expected to begin in 2010 and finish in the third quarter of 2012.