Five circular railway signal control towers complete

Five signal control towers constructions on the Yangon Circular Railway are complete, according to the Ministry of Information.

The towers are located at the following stations:

  • Mingalardon

  • Pa Ywat Seikon

  • Kyeemyindaing

  • Danyingone

  • Insein

No further information regarding the towers was released.

Project background

The Circular Line is a 46km route running from the north of Downtown at its southernmost point, to the southern end of Shwe Pyi Thar Township at its northernmost point. 

The upgrade is to improve and replace tracks, replace the manual signalling system with an automatic one and introduce new trains.

The upgrade of the entire railway was originally split into two projects, with the Shwe Taung Group winning the right to upgrade the eastern part and A1 Group the western part.

Work on the western part began in January 2018 and the eastern part in September 2018, following the end of the rainy season.

According to Myanma Railways data from August 2017, trains typically have 28 carriages and run 215 times per day. Prior to the upgrade, 100,000 passengers used the train per day.

Myanma Railways official U Zaw Lwin was quoted in the media as saying the upgrade would triple the number of passengers using the line. 

He added that trains usually travel at 32km per hour and that their speed would be boosted to 60km per hour after the upgrade.

Travel time to complete the circuit would therefore be reduced from 3 hours to 2 hours.

He also said that train services would run at intervals of between 10 and 12 minutes, as opposed to the previous 12 and 45 minutes.

Fares on the railway will be unchanged at Ks100 ($0.07) for journeys up to 24km and Ks200 ($0.14) for above 24km.

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency has provided a $206.5m loan for diesel-electric train coaches and the installation of advanced signalling systems at 25 crossings along the route.

The Myanmar government is expected to contribute $95m for track upgrades, new bridge crossings and fencing.

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