Prime Minister Hun Manet has instructed Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth to chair a working group to determine measures to improve the safety of the Kingdom’s railway crossings.

He noted that many cars and trucks, and even cattle, have been hit by trains.

While speaking to members of the Cambodian diasapora in Melbourne – who came out to welcome Manet during his Australian trip to attend ASEAN-Australia Special Summit – the prime minister said he often received reports of such collisions from Minister of Public Works and Transport Peng Ponea.

“He [Ponea] often informs me of incidents where a train has hit a car, buffalo or cow. I have instructed finance minister Pornmoniroth to lead a team which will examine how we can implement effective safety systems, particularly at railway crossings,” he added.

“This is because we have seen too many similar incidents. We intend to expand the Kingdom’s rail network, as it plays an integral role in our transport infrastructure plans,” he explained.