At 250 km per hour to Pattaya

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People who are in a rush to reach the popular Thai beach resort of Pattaya can be helped soon. The government in Bangkok has announced that the first leg of its new high-speed train network, the 150-kilometers Bangkok-Pattaya route, will be operational by 2018. This means the distance would be traveled in just 36 minutes.

The train project is part of the government’s $76 billion infrastructure development scheme designed to enhance international connectivity and competitiveness and boost regional development after the ASEAN Economic Community has kicked off.

Three other lines linking the capital with Phitsanulok, Nakhon Ratchasima and Hua Hin are scheduled to be completed in 2019. Later there will also be a high-speed connection to the northern city of Chiang Mai and a route to Malaysia. The target is to complete all projects in seven years.

As part of the Pan-Asia railway network, the tracks can then extended to Vientiane in Laos, Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Yangon in Myanmar and further on to China.

The Thai government expects to invite bids for the four high-speed trains in September 2013. Bidders will be required to specify their technology for the train in the bidding contest to enable the government to project the construction cost. Interest is expected from Japan, China, South Korea, France, Germany and Spain.

 

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[caption id="attachment_7583" align="alignleft" width="127"] Click to enlarge[/caption] People who are in a rush to reach the popular Thai beach resort of Pattaya can be helped soon. The government in Bangkok has announced that the first leg of its new high-speed train network, the 150-kilometers Bangkok-Pattaya route, will be operational by 2018. This means the distance would be traveled in just 36 minutes. The train project is part of the government's $76 billion infrastructure development scheme designed to enhance international connectivity and competitiveness and boost regional development after the ASEAN Economic Community has kicked off. Three other lines linking the capital...

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People who are in a rush to reach the popular Thai beach resort of Pattaya can be helped soon. The government in Bangkok has announced that the first leg of its new high-speed train network, the 150-kilometers Bangkok-Pattaya route, will be operational by 2018. This means the distance would be traveled in just 36 minutes.

The train project is part of the government’s $76 billion infrastructure development scheme designed to enhance international connectivity and competitiveness and boost regional development after the ASEAN Economic Community has kicked off.

Three other lines linking the capital with Phitsanulok, Nakhon Ratchasima and Hua Hin are scheduled to be completed in 2019. Later there will also be a high-speed connection to the northern city of Chiang Mai and a route to Malaysia. The target is to complete all projects in seven years.

As part of the Pan-Asia railway network, the tracks can then extended to Vientiane in Laos, Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Yangon in Myanmar and further on to China.

The Thai government expects to invite bids for the four high-speed trains in September 2013. Bidders will be required to specify their technology for the train in the bidding contest to enable the government to project the construction cost. Interest is expected from Japan, China, South Korea, France, Germany and Spain.

 

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  1. This train project is a great breakthrough for Thailand as well as for the ASEAN region. Recently there has been an increase in movement within the ASEAN region in its interconnectivity and as known infrastructure and transportation are two key factors to connect countries within the ASEAN region. Even though the project will not be running until 2018, Thailand as well as ASEAN countries are setting the right foundation for the future of the region which is becoming a top competitor in the world market.

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