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Chinese team ready to begin study on railroad revamp

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CRCC, together with local firm Royal Railways, will work to improve Cambodian railroads. KT/Chor Sokunthea

A team from China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) is now in Cambodia and will soon begin a feasibility study on improving the Kingdom’s railroads.

CRCC’s visit to the Kingdom follows Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s request to the company asking it to help make the local railway system more efficient. Mr Hun Sen made his request two weeks ago during the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum in Beijing.

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Leading his company’s delegation, vice president Wang Wenzhong, met with Cambodian Minister of Transportation Sun Chanthol yesterday in Phnom Penh.

During the meeting, Mr Wenzhong announced that the company will be carrying out additional studies, on a monorail and a subway project, to improve public transportation in the capital, according to a statement from the Cambodian Ministry of Transport.

“CRCC is visiting Cambodia to conduct a study on improving the existing railway system,” the ministry said. “CRCC’s delegation will also be conducting studies on a monorail and a subway project in Phnom Penh which will help the Cambodian government decide the best course of action to take to reduce traffic congestion in the capital.”

At the behest of Mr Hun Sen, CRCC and local company Royal Railways have agreed to team up to revamp railroads in the Kingdom.

Ministry spokesman Vasim Sorya said, “We don’t know how long the team will take to conduct the study. There are now 18 Chinese experts here working with Cambodian officials to collect data.”

The Cambodian government also requested CRCC to prepare a feasibility study for a new rail line connecting Siem Reap and Serey Sophoan district in Banteay Meanchey province.

Cambodia now has two rail lines – the southern line, connecting Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, and the northern one, linking the capital with Poipet.

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