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Railway links construction date set

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The government has set March next year as the date for the ground-breaking ceremony for the building of the rail link to Phnom Penh International Airport and Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone (PPSEZ).

The projects are intended to facilitate transport of passengers, workers, and goods. 
 

The date was revealed at a meeting between the Ministry of Public Works and Transport with the French Development Agency – Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) – Royal Railway, State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, Cambodia Airports, and PPSEZ last Thursday. 

In the meeting, Minister of Public Works Sun Chanthol called on Cambodia Airports and the Royal Railway to work closely together to construct the railway link to the airport. 

Last December, the Ministry of Public Works announced the airport and PPSEZ railway links, based on the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville railway, which runs parallel to the two areas.

The projects aim to take passengers away from traffic congestion in the city, carry goods in and out of the airport and PPSEZ to the sea ports, and carry workers to PPSEZ. 

Va Simsorya, spokesman at the Public Works Ministry, said the meeting was to focus on the project and to specifically deal with the construction of the connection between the existing railway and the new ones to the airport and PPSEZ, and to agree on the location of the rail track.

The budget for the project would be from the national budget because the railway link is connected to the existing railway and belongs to the government.

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