Air-rail link is being considered in Cambodia

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CAMBODIA: The Royal Railways have inaugurated its first passenger railway in 14 years on 6th of May.

The 266km rail line will carry passengers between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville every weekend.


This marks the beginning of Cambodia’s railways regeneration as the company is looking into establishing a new light rail link with the Phnom Penh International Airport.

According to the Royal Railway CEO John Guiry, the company is currently exploring the viability and ability to build the airport rail link.

“The aim of the project is to ensure that during the construction of the airport line, there will not be any evictions of Cambodians from their houses or disturbance to anyone else, or any other community issue, it must simply fit in with everybody’s life and not cause any more congestion of the road”, John Guiry said to GARA.

According to him, the plan is to purchase three light rail, one-meter gauge, self-propelled cars, so one can wait at the airport, one - at the Phhon Pehn station, and one spare car that can be used if traffic requires it.

The line would run along the existing railway and branch into a separate airport spur which would be embedded into the already existing road for approximately 1km, taking the passenger right in front of the airport terminal.

“The challenge is to get the Airport, and more importantly, the airlines to support the project”, John said.

Travel time from the airport to the Phnom Penh station would take approximately 20 minutes.