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Toll Royal Railway commences train services Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh
CEO of Toll Royal Railway David Kerr said that he is pleased to announce the commencement of train services on the southern line between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville on Friday 28 December 2012.
In a significant step forward for the economy and people of Cambodia, Toll Royal Railway is planning to operate 3 return container services per week from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. The services will commence modestly with 20 container wagons and will progressively increase to 60 container wagons per service. The length of the train will increase to 1,000 meters and each train can carry payloads of up to 3,000 ton.
Toll Royal Railway's CEO David Kerr welcomed the commencement of operations on the southern line adding, "With this regular service in place we can better target customers including shipping lines and garment manufacturers with both Merchant Haulage and Carrier Haulage".
"Since the commencement of this project, ensuring safety along the railway line during operations has been our highest priority”, he added “I can guarantee that will continue to be the case as full southern line rail operations commence, Our well trained local staff will have an increased focus on rail safety as this operation gets underway”.
"We ask everyone along the rail line to be especially conscious of their own safety too," Mr Kerr concluded.
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The Royal Government of Cambodia has outsourced its railway operations under a 30 year exclusive concession for Toll (Cambodia) Co., Ltd (Trading as Toll Royal Railway) to operate the Cambodian Railway Network. The ADB and AusAID have agreed to fund US$140m network and infrastructure upgrade, the upgrades include South Line (254 Km) from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, the North Line (388 km) from Phnom Penh to Poipet (line rehabilitation) and the Missing Link (48 km) from Poipet to Sisophon (line reinstatement).
Also included in the funding was provision for infrastructure including the construction of new inter-modal freight terminal on outskirts of Phnom Penh (Samrong)