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Old December 27th, 2015, 09:53 PM   #21
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Cambodia, Thailand push ahead with railway line


Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to push ahead with completion of a railway line from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, with the two countries signing a memorandum of understanding during Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to the neighbouring country last week.

The long-delayed project is part of the eastern corridor of the Singapore-Kunming Rail Link, a key link in increasing connectivity among ASEAN member states.

The Cambodian government will focus on completing a 6.5-kilometre railway stretch between Poipet and Sisophon by midyear 2016, according to Ly Borin, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation.

“First, we will connect the missing tracks on our side to reach the border of Thailand,” he said.

The government, he said, will look at running trains on the 6.5-kilometre stretch late next year, after which they will work with the Thai government on connecting the rail networks of the two countries.

“After the connection is ready, we will discuss the procedures to have a train run across countries, but currently it is important to connect the tracks first,” Borin said.

After completion of the 6.5-kiolmetre railway line, Borin said they will also look at running trains from Phnom Penh to Sisophon, as well as look into the possibility of having trains to Singapore.

The railway line, a project funded by the Asian Development Bank in 2010, hit a few hurdles when the development bank’s internal watchdog found that they had flouted their own safeguards when it came to resettlement of Cambodians affected by the project.

“We will have a discussion with local authorities on Monday to address the issue of people affected by the project, in order to be ready for construction early next year,” said Borin, adding that the ADB will be involved in the process as well.

Ho Vandy, an adviser to the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce, said train transportation is a new avenue for Cambodians, adding that it was less costly, safer and enabled the movement of goods as well.

“This project will help push the setting up of Cambodian railways faster, and is important given that we are close to AEC.”

He added that the new connection will increase tourist arrivals from Thailand, who will have another travel option once the railway line is completed.

The railways, he said, will also give Cambodians a low-cost and quicker option of travelling to Thailand, be it for business or pleasure.

According to state-run media AKP, the two governments also signed agreements to open two new international checkpoints in Banteay Meanchey, as well as develop special economic zones along the Banteay Meanchey-Sa Keo and Koh Kong-Trat borders.

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Old December 27th, 2015, 10:08 PM   #22
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But the first 6.5 km from the border to the mango orchard at the eastern suburb of Poipet have to be done first along with the reconstruction of both Poipet station building and piopet station yard. Without these things, there will be no connection between Bangkok and Phnom Penh
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Old March 2nd, 2016, 08:26 AM   #23
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Passenger train services to resume in Cambodia next monthl first time in 14 years.

Passenger trains are set to roll between the capital and the coast next month for the first time in 14 years, a railway official said yesterday.
from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville starting in April.
The journey will take around eight hours averaging 33 km/h, with ticket prices yet to be determined – though he insists the company is aiming to make it “cheaper than the bus service.”

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Old March 3rd, 2016, 03:28 PM   #24
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Sihanoukville has a great brutalist train station! Let's hope they can refurbish it and keep it in all it's concrete glory.

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Old March 28th, 2016, 09:45 PM   #25
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Rail service between Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville from 9 to 17 April 2016
Phnom Penh to Takeo 3$
Phnom Penh to Kampot 5 US$
Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville 6 US$
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Old April 11th, 2016, 12:28 PM   #26
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From Youtube


After 14 Years, Passenger Train Service to the Coast Restarts
The Cambodia Daily by Peter Ford |
April 11, 2016

For most people who boarded the passenger train from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville on Saturday morning—the maiden ride since the service was suspended more than a decade ago—it was something of a new thrill.

But for Buo Than, the trip came with a touch of nostalgia.
The service made two stops before Sihanoukville, arriving at the Takeo train station at 9:07 and the Kampot station at 11:30. It pulled into the newly refurbished Sihanoukville station just after 2:30 p.m—a seven and a half hour journey—to a greeting of “Happy New Year!” from tourism officials and local business owners competing with tuk-tuk drivers to be the first to welcome passengers.

“In short, it has been a success, and we are just hoping now that everyone agrees with me and enjoyed the trip,” Mr. Guiry said on the platform in Sihanoukville.

“If it continues like today, and the support is the way it is, we will have to think about what we do next,” he said. “Do we just do the next holiday, or do we go for just weekends, and what sort of service do we offer?”


Passenger trains back on track
The Phnom Penh Post Mon, 11 April 2016
Kali Kotoski

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John Guiry, CEO of Royal Railway, talks to the Post last week at his office in Phnom Penh. Photo: Athena Zelandonii

Cambodia’s passenger rail service resumed Saturday on a trial basis after a 14-year absence. Trains are carrying passengers between Phnom and Sihanoukville during the nine-day trial period. The Post’s Kali Kotoski sat down with John Guiry CEO of Royal Railway, which holds a 30-year concession to operate the Kingdom’s railway network, to discuss what the company will be watching for during this trial run.

It has been over a decade since the railway operated a passenger line. What does Royal Railway hope to accomplish during the nine-day trial period?

What we want to do is provide a service for the Cambodian people over the holiday and to gauge how much support there is for a passenger service.


What are the plans for completing the Northern Line, and how much funding is necessary?

The Cambodian and Thai government have agreed that they will try to have it completed by December of this year. It is a big project and there could be some delays, but if all goes according to plan it would be done by December. I don’t know how far along it is, but I know they have started a lot of work by the Thai border. There is still a number of tracks that need to be built, rehabilitated and moved.

The Cambodian government is funding this, but they won’t tell me how much they are spending on it and I don’t ask. I think everyone is pushing for it because it is an opportunity for both countries. It all comes down to economics and we need to reduce the cost of freight to make Cambodia competitive.

Is there any potential to connect to other railway networks in the region?

Once the Northern Line is operational, it will connect with the Thai railway. There is 46 kilometres of brand new track waiting to be hooked up. The groundwork is being laid as we speak. When it is all connected it will create a regional network.

What is the commercial viability of the railway?

Our revenue target is to break even, but we have a long way to go. There have been a lot of start-up costs and our current revenue pays for track maintenance, wages, electricity and, most importantly, fuel. But we are still a long way off to being profitable.
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Somdej Hunsen travelling from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville by train - 30 April 2016

After the test run on Cambodian New years have been proven successful, the regular service on every weekends have been inaugurated with the ticket rates
as followed:

Phnom Penh - Kampot - 4 US Dollars
Phnom Penh - Takeo - 5 US Dollars
Phnom Penh -Sihanoukville 6 US Dollars
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Air-rail link is being considered in Cambodia

CAMBODIA: The Royal Railways have inaugurated its first passenger railway in 14 years on 6th of May.

The 266km rail line will carry passengers between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville every weekend.

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Khmer Times/Sok Chan Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Rail investment options pursued

Chinese companies hope to further develop Cambodia’s railway system. Reuters

Nearly a month after the Royal Group and two major China-based railway engineering companies signed a joint venture agreement to upgrade the rail system, the parties met Public Works and Transport Minister Sun Chanthol to discuss investment opportunities.

Lu Peng, chairman of China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) expressed his company’s commitment to engage in helping Cambodia develop its public works and transport sector.

The other Chinese company is Sino Great Wall International Engineering.

Mr Chanthol suggested Mr Lu work with the Royal Group on a feasibility study on ways to improve the railways and to submit their proposal after the studies.

He noted the important role infrastructure connectivity played in hastening economic growth.

Ministry undersecretary of state Ly Borin said CRCC and Royal Group representatives told the minister that after signing an agreement at Beijing, the companies were planning to build a new national rail system and rehabilitate the old lines.

“Currently, the Chinese companies and Cambodian counterpart have yet to submit to us the study proposal and exact date for their study on the new national rail system,” Mr Borin said.

“They will develop, but to what extent we don’t know,” he added.

On May 17, an agreement was reached by the Royal Group and the Chinese companies. The joint venture will refurbish the rail link from Phnom Penh to the Thai border and upgrade the rail expressway from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville.

There will be new lines from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and from Phnom Penh to the Vietnam border.

Cambodia has a rail service from Phnom Penh to Preah Sihanouk province under the control of Toll Royal Railway, a private company in the Royal Group.

“We hope in the agreement between Royal Group and their Chinese counterparts they will rehabilitate the lines and increase the rail speed to about 80 to 100km/h,” Mr Borin added.


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Old June 27th, 2017, 10:02 PM   #30
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Thai section of Aranyaprathet - Poipet railway is done but Poipet station yard is not done yet due to the disputes with those slum dwellers along railway line along with Budget constrains - while Thailand is planning an industrial estate and special economic zone at Pa Rai commune in Aranyaprathet, Cambodia is planning special economic zone at O Chalor commune, in Poipet - Hope that Cambodian section of Aranyaprathet - Poipet railway will be done soon to support both special economic zones.

Note: Seems to me that Cambodian government had better borrow from Thai government (via EXIM Bank or NEDA) to complete Poipet station yard and Poipet station building - and the 6 km section from mango orchard to Poipet station
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