New Phnom Penh airport rail link opens

Cambodia’s capital has propelled itself in a new era of infrastructure by opening the first railway connection between Phnom Penh International Airport and downtown.

The service runs over ten kilometers from the railway station in the center of Phnom Penh to the airport at the western outskirts of the city.

The journey will temporarily be free for passengers with ticket sales to begin on August 1. Cambodia Royal Railways is operating the train services at 30-minute intervals. The journey takes about 45 minutes.

The opening comes as relieve for many traffic-plagued residents, apart from taxi and tuk tuk drivers who provided the main means of airport transport so far, apart from a slow bus connection.

According to Cambodia’s Minister of Public Works and Transport, Sun Chanthol, initially two locomotive-hauled trains are being used until three more diesel-powered rail cars that have been ordered from a supplier in Mexico will be delivered in June.

It is, however, unclear whether the new airport rail link will be a temporary solution since there are plans to completely overhaul Phnom Penh’s urban transport system by building a skytrain and a subway system with the help of Japan and China ahead of the Southeast Asian Games 2023 hosted by Cambodia.

Last year, reports said that China will be starting to construct an airport skytrain link for Phnom Penh by 2018, plans that haven’t materialised yet.

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Cambodia’s capital has propelled itself in a new era of infrastructure by opening the first railway connection between Phnom Penh International Airport and downtown.

Cambodia’s capital has propelled itself in a new era of infrastructure by opening the first railway connection between Phnom Penh International Airport and downtown.

The service runs over ten kilometers from the railway station in the center of Phnom Penh to the airport at the western outskirts of the city.

The journey will temporarily be free for passengers with ticket sales to begin on August 1. Cambodia Royal Railways is operating the train services at 30-minute intervals. The journey takes about 45 minutes.

The opening comes as relieve for many traffic-plagued residents, apart from taxi and tuk tuk drivers who provided the main means of airport transport so far, apart from a slow bus connection.

According to Cambodia’s Minister of Public Works and Transport, Sun Chanthol, initially two locomotive-hauled trains are being used until three more diesel-powered rail cars that have been ordered from a supplier in Mexico will be delivered in June.

It is, however, unclear whether the new airport rail link will be a temporary solution since there are plans to completely overhaul Phnom Penh’s urban transport system by building a skytrain and a subway system with the help of Japan and China ahead of the Southeast Asian Games 2023 hosted by Cambodia.

Last year, reports said that China will be starting to construct an airport skytrain link for Phnom Penh by 2018, plans that haven’t materialised yet.

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