Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Phnom Penh by Xmas? Kent rail and HS3 sometime never?

Great news that the completion of the Cambodian railways link to Phnom Penh is expected to be open by December this year.

The first time in almost 50 year Bangkok and Phnom Penh two of the major cities in ASEAN will be connected by rail.

The line from the Thai border now reaching to Sisophon and heading to Battambang the key city on the edge of Tonle Sap lake - no doubt a rail spur to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, the Canterbury Cathedral of ASEAN if you will, being considered as a boost to tourism and the wider Cambodian and ASEAN economies.

The surge in rail progress in Cambodia and Thailand in contrast to the sluggish pace of both HS2 and HS3 hispeed rail in UK - especially after the rapid success of HS1 here in Kent.

Kent running into the buffers, or rather elderly duffers, on further rail reforms. The much-discussed commuter rail links to Calais and Lille and the hinterland of France going nowhere it seems...

(to be continued)

Time for Change

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