Hanoi (VNA) - Cambodia's passenger train services ran on trial on July 4 on the 385-km track between the capital city of Phnom Penh and Poipet city on the border with Thailand after 45 years of interruption.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said it is another historic day for Cambodia and in the near future, passengers will be able to travel by train from Poipet city to Thailand and from Thailand to Singapore.

The rail line would play a key role in facilitating trade and movement of people between Cambodia and Thailand, and train fares are much cheaper than those of buses, he said.

Cambodia currently has two railway routes, including the 385-km northern line runs from Phnom Penh to Poipet city, and the 266-km southern line connects Phnom Penh to the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk.

The two railway routes were built between 1929-1969 and were damaged seriously. In 2016, the passenger train services between Phnom Penh and Preah Sihanouk province resumed after 14 years of suspension due to poor railway conditions.-VNA