Cambodia eyes development of high-speed train

Cambodia is considering the development of high-speed rail to boost rail transport, Prime Minister Hun Sen said while presiding over the inauguration ceremony of 38 routes in the provincial city of Siem Reap this morning.

Cambodia has two railway lines, but they are outdated, the prime minister said, adding that the train can only run between 20 and 30 kilometers per hour. Therefore, the modernization of traditional rail traffic should be considered.

“We are considering railway development and looking for a development partner to build a high-speed train on the existing railway tracks,” he said, asking Senior Minister Sun Chanthol, Minister of Public Works and Transport to work on that question.

Cambodia’s railway was damaged and its function was interrupted following the Kingdom’s civil war in the 1970s. Understanding its important role, the government rehabilitated and reactivated the railways connecting the capital Phnom Penh to the southern provinces in 2016 and to the northern regions at the end of 2018.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hun Sen revealed plans to build more roads to link Siem Reap to Battambang.

The 38 roads inaugurated with a total length of almost 109 kilometers as well as the realization of the rehabilitation of the Siem Reap River were carried out by Cambodians with the help of the national budget of almost 150 million dollars.

Newly constructed roads have played a key role as interconnecting infrastructure, connecting urban areas with suburbs, major tourist attractions and national road networks to boost all types of transport, reduce urban congestion, attract investors , businessmen and domestic and international tourists, especially to make Siem Reap a modern and beautiful city as a Smart City and a potential core area of ​​the national economic pole as well as a cultural, natural, historical tourist destination and popular heritage. In addition, Siem Reap will become the most suitable destination for major national festivals and important international meetings. AKP-Heng Panha

  • Key words: Prime Minister Hun Sen, Siem Reap

Jose P. Rogers