China-Laos railway begins track laying
The China-Laos railway project has begun laying track in the Lao capital of Vientiane. A CYP500 track laying machine has been used for the work; the first time that the device has been used in Southeast Asia. The CYP500 can lay roughly 2 kilometers of track per day.
The China-Laos Railway is a strategic project between the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and Laos’ strategy to convert from a landlocked country to a land-linked hub.
The 414-km railway, with 198-km tunnels and 62-km bridges, will run from Boten border gate in northern Laos bordering China, to Vientiane with an operating speed of 160 km per hour.
The electrified passenger and cargo railway (started in December 2016) is scheduled to be completed and open to traffic in December 2021.
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