Cambodia is studying ways to modernize its decades-old rail lines, Prime Minister Hun Sen said.

“The construction of high-speed railways will not take long because Cambodia already has a rail system,” he said. “We need internal connections to reduce hardships, reduce poverty and increase income for Cambodian people.” 

Faster tracks would give rise to a domestic railway industry and improve the movement of goods through the southern port city of Sihanoukville.

Cambodia maintains about 650km of tracks, although their slow speeds make them unable to handle commercial transport. A southern line runs from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh. A northern line stretches from the capital to Poipet, on the Thai border.

Cambodia is also considering a third line, from Phnom Penh to Bavet, on the Vietnamese border.