A new railway line began this morning to provide services to passengers between the central railway station to Phnom Penh International Airport.
The launching ceremony was held in the presence of Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport H.E. Sun Chanthol, President of Royal Railways Oknha Kith Meng, and CEO of Phnom Penh International Airport Mr. Eric Delobel.
During the trial period from April 10 till the end of July, the railway service is free of charge to all passengers.
Two carriages are put into use in the temporary period while the new three carriages the Royal Railways purchased from Mexico will replace the existing ones by June this year, according to H.E. Sun Chanthol.
Operated by Royal Railways, the company that controls railway service network in the country, the shuttle, which can carry about 100 passengers both sitting and standing, takes around 30 minutes one way.
The fare of airport railway service is in the stage of decision between the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and Royal Railways, said H.E. Senior Minister, adding that the fare would below other means of transport like three-wheeled motorised vehicles and taxi.
The new rail service will contribute to reducing traffic congestion and saving time for travelling from downtown Phnom Penh to the airport.
The ministry is also planning to build another rail link to Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone for the transport of goods and products from the zone to the deep seaport in Sihanoukville.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press