Cambodia Opens First Part of Asia Railway Connection

Cambodia Opens First Part of Asia Railway Connection
September 29, 2010 5:44 pm

Freight rail service has commenced along a 120km section of a new international railroad, which has opened in Cambodia, stretching from Phnom Penh to Touk Meas near the Vietnam border.

The new section is part of the 650km Pan-Asian railroad project, which is currently in various stages of reconstruction and repair, expected to be operational by 2013.

The $141m Pan-Asian railway starts from Cambodia’s border with Thailand, through Phnom Penh and southward to Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s main port.
The project has received $20.3m from the Cambodian Government, $84m from the Asian Development Bank, $13m from the OPEC Fund for International Development, $21.5m from the Australian Government and $2.8m from the Malaysian Government.
The railway rehabilitation project is a vital component of the Greater Mekong southern corridor and is a key component of ASEAN’s Singapore-Kunming rail link project.
Once Cambodia’s new railroad is completed, only one remaining link, between Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, will remain before the Pan-Asian railway is complete.
Cambodia and Vietnam have already signed an agreement to link their railways, and China is supporting a design study on a rail link from Phnom Penh to Loc Ninh in Vietnam.
Australia-based Toll Holdings has been awarded a 30-year contract to operate and maintain the rehabilitated railway system. is a railway information and news platform. Website presents from all around the world railway sector news, developments, projects and tender for the sector specialists. Railwaynews supports to industry events and announced them for potential participants. Railwaynews plans to collecting data from all around the world, about railway infrastructure, rolling stock, railway transportation datum, geographical datum to present for railway professionals for short term. Railwaynews will build new platforms aims to high value railway business environment for all railway specialists, railway fans and especially railway suppliers and their decision makers. Railwaynews presents whole information from rail professionals to rail professionals.

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