PHNOM PENH, Jan. 6, Kyodo — Cambodia has asked Japan to carry out a feasibility study for a 7-kilometer railway line connecting Phnom Penh International Airport with the city center, with a view to easing traffic congestion, a senior transport official said Friday.
Var Simsorya, director general of the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, told Kyodo News that the government recently made the request to Japan and also sought a cost estimate.
He said that since already laid rail track can be utilized, just 1 kilometer of newly built track would be required.
Mean Chanyada, deputy governor of Phnom Penh city, confirmed that Cambodia is working with the Japan International Cooperation Agency on the idea.
Phnom Penh International Airport is the main gateway to Cambodia, but currently access to and from the city center is by relatively low-capacity travel modes, such as passenger cars and taxis.
JICA, in a December 2014 report on urban transport in Phnom Penh, concluded that due to projected future growth of passengers, especially from rapidly increasing group tours, “it is very necessary to begin preparing a public transport system that can provide efficient access to the airport with large travel capacity.”