August 19, 2016

Yangon circle line upgrade to be implemented next fiscal year

Yangon circular rail line is set to be upgraded. Photo: Aye Min Soe
Yangon circular rail line is set to be upgraded. Photo: Aye Min Soe

A PROJECT aimed at upgrading the Yangon circular rail line is set to be undertaken next fiscal year (2017-2018), said General Manager U Tun Aung Thin of Myanma Railways (MR) yesterday.
The project includes a wide range of upgrades including the substitution of carriages and refurbishment of stations, added the general manager.
Yangon’s circle line is 46km long and has 38 stations. More than 73,000 passengers depend on rail transport every day in Yangon.
Train service has seen a drop in numbers as there are now 73,000 passengers using the trains compared to more than 90,000 previously, said the general manager, adding that Yangon people prefer bus services to rail transport, accounting for delays and poor service.
According to MR, 263,000 train travelers are expected and trains will run up to a maximum of 60 km per hour by 2022.
The train transport authoritiy has also been planning the upgrade of decades-old rail tracks, the construction of pedestrian bridges and fencing along the railroad with the use of state funds.
Additionally, the installation of automated railroad crossing gates at 25 spots and the purchase of new carriages will be carried out with the use of a Japanese ODA loan.—Ko Moe


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