News: 12 July 2023

The railway for the new HCMC airport and Vung Tau, two airport railways for Hoi An, Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville railway, massive railway network for Nusantara, KL-Singapore high-speed railway revival

Hello from Ho Chi Minh City. This week I have been doing a deep dive into railway proposals in Vietnam (apart from the North-South line). These articles are supporting articles for a future article I am writing about Greater HCMC.

While researching this I found some other proposals that haven’t been mentioned in the English news outlets, so I have translated and reposted them. One proposal is for a double airport railway that would give Hoi An the option of 2 airports. Another is a 4-line urban railway in Haiphong.

I will be travelling again next week, so my focus for the next month will be on Malaysia and Indonesia.

I had more links for Thailand lined up but the Bangkok Post website has been down all day, so I will post them next week.

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The Thu Thiem – Long Thanh Light Rail is a proposed railway connecting Ho Chi Minh City to the under-construction second airport of Ho Chi Minh City.

The Bien Hoa-Vung Tau railway is a proposed new railway from Trang Bom station to Cai Mep-Thi Vai port terminal. The line connects the North-South railway of Vietnam to a seaport in Vung Tau, passing through industrial areas of Dong Nai province east of Ho Chi Minh City.

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This double airport link includes Hoi An in the middle.

“Hai Phong plans to build four new national railway lines; 4 urban railway lines, including an elevated route combined with underground passage through the area of ​​Cat Bi Airport.”


Street life

“City planners in Phnom Penh often point to busy, bustling streets – such as those frequented by informal vendors – as contributing to public risk or disorder. But research from cities around the world suggests the very opposite is true.”

“Informal employment is critical in countries with a large population and a rising economy, such as Vietnam, as it contributes significantly to job creation and income generation for workers.”

🇰🇭 Cambodia

The plan is for train speeds up to 160km/h, which is not high speed. This is the same speed as the Laos-China Railway, and that would be an ideal speed for PP-S’Ville.

“The Royal Government of Cambodia aims to transform the country’s current railway system into high-speed railways and connect it with the Pan-Asia Railway Network, facilitating train journeys from the Kingdom to Laos, China, Thailand and Vietnam, said Sun Chanthol, Minister of Public Works and Transport, yesterday.”

“Koh Muoy and Koh Totoeng projects in Preah Sihanouk and Koh Kong provinces”.

🇮🇩 Indonesia

"Risal said the ministry was currently conducting an environmental impact analysis for three railway lines that would connect Nusantara with East Kalimantan's capital Balikpapan, with the Sepinggan Airport and one commuter line that would link downtown Balikpapan with the planned new capital's administrative center."

🇱🇦 Laos

🇲🇾 Malaysia

🇵🇭 Philippines

🇸🇬 Singapore

🇹🇭 Thailand

🇻🇳 Vietnam

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