Battambang-Pursat Rail Service Opened for Temporary Use

Passenger train service from Battambang province to Pursat province has been opened for temporary use with free of charge.

The launch of temporary rail service took place yesterday under the chairmanship of Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport H.E. Sun Chanthol.

Railway line between Battambang and Pursat stretches for 107 kilometres, composing of 16 stations: Battambang, O' Dambang, O' Sralao, Raing Kesei, Svay Cheat, Phnom Thippadei, Kork Trom, Koh Char, Mong Russei, Prey Svay, Kaloampok, Svay Daunkeo, Boeung Khnar, Trapaing Chong, Snam Preah, and Pursat.

The free of charge rail service will last until Aug. 1, 2018, said H.E. Sun Chanthol, adding that the rehabilitation of the line costs the government US$17.1 million.

The section put into use is part of Cambodia's northern railway line of 386 kilometres connecting Phnom Penh to Poipet city of Banteay Meanchey province that shares border with Thailand.

As underlined by the minister, the renovation of the complete line mentioned is expected to be finished by July this year.

The northern railway was originally built and used between 1929 and 1942 during the French colonial era; Cambodia's civil war did not only destroy parts of it, but also led to pause of its operation until now.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press