Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodia looks to modernise cross-border railway

Cambodia looks to modernise cross-border railway

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol during a virtual meeting with his Thai counterpart Saksayam Chidchob on April 20. MPWT

Cambodia looks to modernise cross-border railway

Cambodia is conducting a feasibility study to modernise its railway. The study is expected to be completed in the next three months, according to Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol.

Chanthol revealed the plan during a virtual meeting with his Thai counterpart Saksayam Chidchob on April 20. The meeting aimed to boost cooperation between the two countries in the transport sector, both within bilateral and regional frameworks.

Chanthol said infrastructure link between Cambodia and Thailand will not merely be a tangible connection to increase trade volume and spur tourism and investment, but will also be a key factor in furthering the economic development of the two nations.

Chanthol thanked the Thai side for providing loan to Cambodia for the construction of cross-border infrastructure including the Cambodian-Thai Stung Bot-Ban Nong Ian Friendship Bridge — projects that Chanthol said would ease congestion at the Poipet- Aranyaprathet International Border Checkpoint.

He also appreciated Thailand's provision of 140km of used track to Cambodia to be used in the railway sector.

According to the transport ministry, both ministers also discussed plans for cross-border facilities at the Stung Bot-Ban Nong Ian checkpoint and to open it as soon as possible. They also discussed possible opening of other border checkpoints and cross-border transport agreements aimed at increasing connection, trade volume, tourism and investment that will in turn boost economic growth of the two countries.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Pursat Ford assembly plant opens

    The Kingdom’s first Ford assembly plant was inaugurated on June 16 in Pursat province amid rising demand for brand-new vehicles among Cambodians. The facility is seen as a game changer for the domestic automobile industry, which could bring a wave of investors seeking to cash

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • $50B infrastructure plan en route

    The government’s upcoming $50 billion,10-year infrastructure master plan will provide tremendous investment opportunities for domestic and foreign entities, transport experts and economists say. Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol revealed the plan to Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami on June 15. At

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro