Cambodia plans to transform existing railways into high-speed railways, build two more between 2028-2033

Cambodia  has ambitions to improve its railway system, especially high-speed rail.

Regarding the railway development project in Cambodia, Peng Ponea, Minister of Public Works and Transport, said that Cambodia has already studied and prepared a plan.

The railway development plan in Cambodia is divided into two phases: the medium phase from 2023 to 2027 and the long term from 2028 to 2033.

According to Peng Ponea, in the medium term, Cambodia has three railway development projects, including: transforming the current two railways (Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh-Poipet) into a faster-than-current railway.

The second and third projects are to build a railway connecting Phnom Penh to Techo International Airport and connecting Siem Reap International Airport to Siem Reap.

Separately, for the long term, from 2028 to 2033, Cambodia has five railway development projects, including the construction of the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh-Poipet high-speed rail and the construction of Phnom Penh-Bavet high-speed rail to the Vietnamese border, Phnom Penh to Poipet through Kampong Thom and Siem Reap.

In addition to these four high-speed rail projects, Cambodia will also build a railway system in Phnom Penh to facilitate the traffic of people who are growing rapidly.

Kehinde Olusegun

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