Cambodia’s First High-Speed Rail Line to Cost US$4 Billion

The upgrade of Cambodia’s Phnom Penh-Poipet railway to a high-speed line is estimated to cost about US$4 billion.

The estimation was unveiled here early this week in a meeting between H.E. Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport and a delegation of China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) at the ministry to discuss the initial result of the project’s feasibility study.

According to the feasibility study, it will take around four years to upgrade a total length of 382-kilometre-long rail line, and the estimated US$4 billion cost includes spending on locomotive and carriages.

The high-speed rail line will allow the running speed of 160 km/h.

There will be 33 stations to operate the line but it will start with 19 and the rest 14 will be opened after some time of the operation.

The high-speed line will have at least 300 crossings to avoid traffic accidents at the intersection with the road.

Passenger terminal and loading stations in Phnom Penh will be separated for convenient service.