New Railway Route Linking Viet Nam and Cambodia

According to the Vietnam Railway Corporation, Cambodia will spend US$550 million on building a railway route to connect Phnom Penh to Loc Ninh in Viet Nam’s southern Binh Phuoc province.
For its part, Viet Nam is working on its own plan to build another railway from Ho Chi Minh City to Loc Ninh, which is around 130km long, to be linked to the aforementioned Cambodian-built route.

This US$438 million Vietnamese project envisages 12 stations and is part of Viet Nam’s master plan to have a railway system linking up its fellow ASEAN countries by 2020 under a national strategy approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

In related news, Cambodia will also open a line from Serei Sophorn, in Banteay Province, to Thailand in an attempt to improve transportation within ASEAN.

This US$80-million project is expected to be completed by 2010.

The Serei Sophorn – Thailand line will become part of a 5,500 km route running from Singapore through Thailand and Cambodia to end in China’s Kunming province.

By Tan Ba – Translated by Thuy Hang

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