Introduction To Cambodia Railways
" The Royal Government of Cambodia has outsourced its railway operations under a 30 year exclusive concession to Royal Railway to operate the Cambodian Railway Network. "
The railway network in Cambodia consists of two lines: the Southern Line and the Northern Line. The Southern Line extends from Phnom Penh to Sihanouk Ville, having a total length of 266 km and originally was built with 43 kg/m rail on timber sleepers for the maximum axle load of 20 tons. On the other hand, the Northern Line was built with 30 kg/m rail on steel sleepers with the maximum axle load of 15 tons, and connects Phnom Penh to Poipet on the border with the Kingdom of Thailand with a total length of 386 km.
The Cambodia’s railway, in particular the Northern Line forms a strategic link in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Transport Sector Strategy’s Southern Corridor and it is play an important role as the transport and economy corridor, which interconnects Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. The Project would pave the way for the proposed future construction of a new railway line between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam, and Phnom Penh and Vientiane City in Laos which together with the Project line would realize the Singapore to Kunming Railway Link (SKRL), which is a long term development priority for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
In terms of railway lines, the Northern Line will also take the initiate in building a new economic corridor in Southeast Asia that connects Phnom Penh (Cambodia) – Vientiane (Laos) – Kunming (China) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia) – Bangkok (Thailand) – Kuantan (Malaysia). With assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB), Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Rehabilitation of the Railway in Cambodia Project was implemented. This Railway Rehabilitation Project involved two major components.
Current and future railway infrastructure projects
- Poi Pet Sisophon 48 km, concrete railroad ties, can support 20 tons / axis (Opening April 04, 2018)
- Serey Sophorn Battambang 65 km, metal railroad ties, can support up to 15 tons / axis (Launched on April 29, 2018)
- Battambang Pursat 107 km, metal railroad ties, can support 15 tons / thigh (Commencing May 29, 2018)
- Pursat Battambang 134 kmm and Battambang – Phnom Penh 32 km, metal railroad ties, can support 15 ton / axis (launched on July 3, 2018).