Level crossings on western side of Yangon Circular Railway to be upgraded this month

A locomotive runs on the Yangon Circular Railway at Yangon Central Railway Station.  Photo: Phoe Khwar
A locomotive runs on the Yangon Circular Railway at Yangon Central Railway Station. Photo: Phoe Khwar

By Nyein Nyein

The Myanma Railways will upgrade level crossings on the western side of Yangon Circular Railway, between Kyimyindine and Insein stations, in February, said U Tun Aung Thin, the General Manager of Myanma Railways (Lower Myanmar).
During the upgrade project, some roads will be closed completely, while some will be kept partially open. The MR will work with related departments to ensure the public do not face any transportation difficulties, he said.
“The project to upgrade the western portion of the Yangon Circular Railway Line commenced on 21 November. We cannot avoid road closure while implementing the level crossing project. We will first submit the project outline to the Yangon Region government. At a later time, we will notify the public through the railway stations,” said U Tun Aung Thin. The Yangon Circular Railway Line project will include upgrade of level crossings at Ywama Kyaung Street, Kamayut Station, Okkyin Station, and Parami and Say War Factory streets, he said.
While the level crossings are being upgraded, access to one half of the Ywama Kyaung Street will be closed, in turn, for six days between 3 and 14 February.
Similarly, the Parami Street will be partially shut, first one half and then the other. Half of Say War Factory Street will be kept closed, alternately, for five days between 8 and 17 February.
Okkyin Station Street will be completely closed for 5 days between 3 and 7 February. Kamayut Station Street will also remain shut between 10 and 14 February.
“Complete closure of the two streets during the project to upgrade the level crossings may cause difficulties to commuters,” said Region Hluttaw representative Daw Khaing Mar Htay from Hlaing constituency.
In response to her concern, U Tun Aung Thin said the railways will draw a plan so roads need not be closed completely and people can travel smoothly. The upgrade project has been divided into two parts. The Shwetaung Company will conduct the upgrade work on the eastern part of the Yangon railway, while the A1 Company will work on the western part.
The western part from Insein to Kyimyindine railway stations, spanning 5.5 miles, and the eastern part from Danyingon to Paywatseikgone, spanning 7.25 miles, are being upgraded simultaneously, starting 21 December 2018.
The Yangon circular railway is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019, said U Tun Aung Thin.
(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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