MANILA, 22 March 2012: Toll Group of Australia and Royal Group of Cambodia (Toll Royal Railways) have decided to suspend all train operations in Cambodia for one year beginning this April according to an Asian Development Bank statement released Tuesday.
Last year’s heavy flooding caused construction delays and there are delays in land acquisition, resettlement and equipment mobilisation processes due to local community protests and objections to rail project.
Despite the delays the southern rail line linking Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville Autonomous Port should be ready for cargo traffic, this October, while the line from Phnom Penh to Bat Deung in Kampong Speu province is expected to be completed this May.
Once completed, the railway will link to Cambodia’s national highway network and sea and inland water transport systems. ADB claims it will enhance the efficiency of cargo transport.
Last week, ADB and its development partners confirmed they would spend US$100 million to rehabilitate 650 km of Cambodia’s national railway that have been out of commission for decades.
Once completed, the new railway will be operated by Toll Royal Railway which is under Toll Group of Australia.