Cambodia, Thailand Railway Link Nearing Completion

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The Ministry of Public Works and Transport hopes to complete the section of railway between Sisophon and the Thai border in the coming weeks.

Cambodia’s railway link to Thailand is hoped to be completed by the end of this year, according to Minister of Public Works and Transportation Sun Chanthol, who noted that some sections of track from Phnom Penh to Banteay Meanchey province still required restoration work costing an estimated $17 million more.

“We hope that by the end of this year the railway line from the border with Thailand to Sisophon will hopefully be completed. Step-by-step we will restore the remaining rail track from Sisophon to Battambang and from Phnom Penh to Battambang,” said the Minister.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha made an agreement to link railways between the two countries in late 2015, with the aim of boosting bilateral trade up to $15 billion by 2020.

The section between Poipet city and Sisophon is part of the eastern corridor of railway links between Singapore and China’s Kunming province that will eventually connect the entire ASEAN region.

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