PM Congratulates the Resumption of Northern Rail Line Service

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen this morning congratulated the resumption of the northern rail line service connecting Phnom Penh to Poipet city, at the border with Thailand.

Addressing to another get-together with workers and employees in Kandal province, Samdech Techo Hun Sen shared his pride that the 386-kilometre Phnom Penh-Poipet railway, known as the Northern Line, resumed its operation after years of suspension.

Yesterday, I was so happy because another new achievement occurred on our territory, i.e. the connection of the rail line from Pursat to Phnom Penh, a portion of the railway that runs until the Cambodia-Thailand border, he said.

This will show the investors that the transportation in Cambodia is easier through water, road, rail and air ways, he underlined.

The Northern Line 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.

The Northern Line crosses Kandal, Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang, and Banteay Meanchey provinces. Its rehabilitation, which began since 2009, cost more than US$83 million, of which some US$70 million is the national budget and the rest is from the Asian Development Bank.

Besides the Northern Line, the Southern Line of over 260 kilometres long from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville of Preah Sihanouk province, passing through Takeo and Kampot provinces, has been already renovated and put into operation.

According to Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport H.E. Sun Chanthol, Cambodia is looking for investors and partners to build some other rails, including Phnom Penh-Snuol-Stung Treng, Phnom Penh-Siem Reap-Serey Sophorn railways, and another one to Vietnam.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press