The Transport Ministry is considering temporarily discontinuing the shuttle train service between the city and the Phnom Penh International Airport due to falling ridership.
Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said during a meeting on road safety at the Interior Ministry on Tuesday, the service has been stagnant for some time because of the lack of passengers.
“I will consider shutting down the train service from the Phnom Penh Royal Railway Station to the airport as there are no passengers anymore,” he said. “Because of the temporary suspension of many international flights, no tourists or people are using the shuttle train service anymore.”
Chanthol noted that since the relatively new service began in April, people have not learnt to be aware of the dangers posed by crossing the railway track.
He added the ministry is preparing a trailer to educate the public on the issue.
Chantol said the plan to temporarily discontinue the service has been discussed with the Royal Group Company which runs the railway.
Regarding the absence of a signalled railway crossing, he said: “Motorists also seem to pay less attention when crossing the railroad track. The ministry also plans to produce a video clip to raise awareness about safety.”
Chanthol couldn’t be reached for further details about the plan to temporarily discontinue the service.
Kheng Kim Houy, who lives near the rail track, said she welcomes the plan to stop the service.
“The train runs directly between Phnom Penh to the airport and I do not benefit from the service,” she said. “Whenever the train passes the ground shakes. The road which the track divides has become narrow and sometimes motorbike riders are side swept when the train passes, causing them to fall and get hurt.”
Kim Houy added it would be better if the service was permanently closed or move to a bigger road.
The shuttle train service between Phnom Penh International Airport and the central station in Phnom Penh was opened to the public on April 10, 2019.