The Myanma Railways (Lower Myanmar) has announced plans to construct 35 footbridges along the Yangon circular railway tracks.
The Myanma Railways said the footbridges would be constructed in areas where reckless crossing of railway tracks was rampant, resulting in deaths and injuries.
“We have designated 35 areas that need footbridges, and we will construct them at different stages,” said an official from Myanma Railways.
The footbridges will be constructed between designated railway stations, and the list includes Ahlone station, Pun Hlaing station, Hledan station, Kamaryut station, Thiri Myaing station, Thamine station, Kyogun station, Insein station, Ywama station, Phawkan station, Aungsan station, Kyaikele station, Mingaladon Zay station, Mingaladon station, Waybargi station, Okkala station, Paywetsate Gon station, Kyauk Yay Thwin station, Tadarkalay station, Yay gu station, Parami station, Kanbe station, Bauktaw station, Tarmwe station, Myitta Nyunt station, Ma Hlwa Gone station and Pazundaung station.
Yangon’s circular railway is undergoing a complete overhaul and is scheduled to be completed in 2022. Myanma Railways has divided the project into three parts. The first part will focus on the western half of the railways from Insein to Danyingone and is expected to be completed by 31 May this year. The second part will focus on the tracks from Insein to Kyeemyindine. The third part will focus on upgrading the tracks from Kyeemyindine to Yangon (Pagoda Road) station and is scheduled to be completed by 31 March 2019.
The Yangon circular railway is 46km long with a 39-station loop system that connects satellite towns and suburban areas to the city. Currently, a complete round-trip takes some 170 minutes, but this will be reduced to 110 minutes after the upgrade, which will enable the trains to run at 60km per hour.