Siem Reap-Angkor Airport light rail project discussed by Cambodian government

PHNOM PENH: The new Siem Reap- International Airport, which opened its doors on November 16th, is already prompting plans for improved transportation. In response to the anticipated influx of visitors, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet has urged fast-tracking the development of a light rail system in Siem Reap.

Minister of Public Works and Transport, H.E. Peng Ponea, wasted no time. On Tuesday, December 26th, he headed a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Commission for Urban Light Rail Development. The agenda: a light rail project connecting the airport directly to Siem Reap city.

The meeting, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Sun Chanthol, brought together key stakeholders including government officials and representatives from China Metro Group.

The primary focus: finding the optimal route for the light rail line, ensuring it bypasses sensitive archaeological areas and preserves the integrity of the Angkor Park conservation zone managed by the Apsara Authority.

This move underscores Cambodia's commitment to both its rich cultural heritage and the booming industry in Siem Reap. The new light rail system promises not only a smoother travel experience for visitors but also a sustainable long-term solution for Siem Reap's growing transportation needs.

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