Laos-China high-speed railway track almost finished

The construction of the railway track for the Laos-China Railway project is now 80 per cent complete, with the final sections of track scheduled to be completed by May this year, the Laotian Times reported.

The tracks have now been already laid from Vientiane’s new train station to Luang Prabang and Oudomxay provinces, according to construction firm No.2 China Railway Company. The rest of the track up to the Chinese border is currently being laid, the firm added.

The Laos-China Railway construction project commenced in December 2016 and is scheduled to be completed and operational in December 2021. The project not only focuses on the construction of railways, but it also employs a large number of Lao workers, with 60 per cent of the project’s labourers being locally sourced.

Travel time from Vientiane to the Chinese border reduced to 2.5 hours

When finished, the Laos-China Railway will run over some 414 kilometers, including 198 kilometer of tunnels and 62 kilometers of bridges, from the northern border to China in Boten down to the country’s capital Vientiane.

The average speed of the trains will be 160 kilometers per hour, which will result in a travel time of a little more than 2.5 hours from Vientiane to the Chinese border or vice versa, excluding station halts.

The railway track is expected to bring a boost for bilateral and domestic trade and also for post-pandemic tourism.

Later on, the high-speed railway will be connected to a similar planned track starting in the north of Thailand and running down south to Bangkok.



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The construction of the railway track for the Laos-China Railway project is now 80 per cent complete, with the final sections of track scheduled to be completed by May this year, the Laotian Times reported. The tracks have now been already laid from Vientiane’s new train station to Luang Prabang and Oudomxay provinces, according to construction firm No.2 China Railway Company. The rest of the track up to the Chinese border is currently being laid, the firm added. The Laos-China Railway construction project commenced in December 2016 and is scheduled to be completed and operational in December 2021. The project...

The construction of the railway track for the Laos-China Railway project is now 80 per cent complete, with the final sections of track scheduled to be completed by May this year, the Laotian Times reported.

The tracks have now been already laid from Vientiane’s new train station to Luang Prabang and Oudomxay provinces, according to construction firm No.2 China Railway Company. The rest of the track up to the Chinese border is currently being laid, the firm added.

The Laos-China Railway construction project commenced in December 2016 and is scheduled to be completed and operational in December 2021. The project not only focuses on the construction of railways, but it also employs a large number of Lao workers, with 60 per cent of the project’s labourers being locally sourced.

Travel time from Vientiane to the Chinese border reduced to 2.5 hours

When finished, the Laos-China Railway will run over some 414 kilometers, including 198 kilometer of tunnels and 62 kilometers of bridges, from the northern border to China in Boten down to the country’s capital Vientiane.

The average speed of the trains will be 160 kilometers per hour, which will result in a travel time of a little more than 2.5 hours from Vientiane to the Chinese border or vice versa, excluding station halts.

The railway track is expected to bring a boost for bilateral and domestic trade and also for post-pandemic tourism.

Later on, the high-speed railway will be connected to a similar planned track starting in the north of Thailand and running down south to Bangkok.



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