Siem Reap: At the inauguration ceremony of 38 roads in Siem Reap, Samdech Hun Sen told Mr. Sun Chanthol, Minister of Public Works and Transport, to examine the possibility of improving the old railway line to replace the high-speed railway.
Samdech Hun Sen said that the condition of the railway in Siem Reap was not in line with the actual development in the area, as the train could only run a distance of 20 to 30 kilometers. As Siem Reap is a luxurious ancient tourist destination combined with the subsequent development of infrastructure, Samdech Hun Sen wants to further develop the railway to facilitate the transportation process.
The head of government has ordered the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Sun Chanthol, to find partners to develop the old railway into a high-speed railway for transportation in Siem Reap, as well as connecting with neighboring countries.
In addition to the old railway issue, Prime Minister Hun Sen also proposed to examine the possibility of connecting the road from Siem Reap to Battambang to facilitate the travel of people and contribute to their daily lives.
Construction of the Cambodian Railways began in the 1930s and 1940s. There are two Cambodian railways, the northern line and the southern line, with a total length of 650 km. The 386-kilometer-long northern railway connecting Phnom Penh to Poipet (Cambodia-Thailand border) was built from 1929 to 1942 during the French colonial period, and the southern railway was built between From 1960 to 1969, during the Sangkum Reastr Niyum era, under the leadership of His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk, the coffin under the assistance of France, West Germany and China, with a total length of 264 km. Both railways were severely damaged and some parts were completely destroyed by the Democratic Kampuchea regime.