The proposed railway connecting two islands in the Philippines

News #208: Trans-Borneo Railway proposal, Cambodia seeks China’s support to Funan Techo Canal Project, Penang LRT project to be ready in 2030

The Future Southeast Asia Newsletter features transport and urban development news in Southeast Asia, edited by James Clark.

Hello from Hoi An. I started this week in Nha Trang, and I will publish a construction report next week for this booming coastal city. From Nha Trang, I got an overnight train to Danang (the closest station to Hoi An). I’m compiling this newsletter by the beach, and I will move camp to Danang tomorrow.

This week’s feature article is about a proposed railway in the Philippines. There are not many details about the East Visayas Railway, so I have started a fact sheet for the project.

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🇧🇳 Brunei

“The first high-speed rail network in Borneo has been proposed, set to shorten the travelling distances between Kalimantan, Sarawak, Sabah and Brunei.

Brunei based Brunergy Utama Sdn Bhd, on its website, announced that the Trans Borneo Railway project would be implemented in two phases involving routes spanning 1,620 kilometres.”

🇰🇭 Cambodia

🇮🇩 Indonesia

"The government has denied any knowledge of a proposal by a Bruneian infrastructure company to build a high-speed railway (HSR) network connecting the three countries on Borneo Island, Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia, dubbed the Trans Borneo Railway."

🇱🇦 Laos

🇲🇾 Malaysia

 🇲🇲 Myanmar

🇵🇭 Philippines

🇸🇬 Singapore

🇹🇭 Thailand

🇻🇳 Vietnam

“The Metro Line 1 (Ben Thanh – Suoi Tien) in Ho Chi Minh City is expected to start commercial operation in October this year, according to the Ho Chi Minh City’s Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR).”

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