Vang Vieng, Lao PDR

Laos: High-speed rail makes progress

The final concrete span of the first Mekong River rail bridge slotted into place last Saturday the Laos-China Railway Co Ltd confirmed in a report quoted by Xinhua.

The China Railway No 8 Engineering Group (CREC-8) reported it has completed the closure of the first span of the Luang Prabang cross-Mekong River railway bridge There are two cross-Mekong bridges under construction as part of a project to open a high-speed rail line linking China with Laos and ultimately Thailand.

The 1.459-metre long Mekong River bridge stands on the outskirts of the world heritage town of Luang Prabang some 400 km north of Vientiane by road.

The China-Laos railway crosses the Mekong River twice, with Luang Prabang and Ban Ladhan bridges under construction by the Chinese engineering company CREC-8.

The 414-km railway line will connect with China’s high-speed rail track at the Mohan-Boten border gate in northern Laos and end in Vientiane through mountainous terrain requiring the construction hundreds of bridges and tunnels covering distances of 60 km and 198 km respectively.

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