Bidding for Thai high-speed train in ‘late 2014’

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Highspeed railInternational bidding for Thailand ‘s procurement of high-speed trains to carry passengers and cargoes would likely be held late in 2014, according to Thai Transport Minister Chatchart Sitthipun.

The bidding by various foreign firms to win the Thai high-speed train project of $4.6 billion would likely be held from the third quarter of 2014 until 2017, while the construction of the railways and the procurement of those trains are scheduled to be completed within 2020, the minister said on October 18.

For the time being, environmental impact assessments are yet to be finished, regarding the planned routes for the high-speed trains with a main station in Bangkok.

Those routes include Bangkok-Pitsanuloak, which will be extended to Chiang Mai City, viewed as the country’s northern logistical hub and tourist destination hub; Bangkok-Nakorn Ratchasima, which will be extended to Nong Khai province, viewed as a gateway to the Lao capital of Vientiane; Bangkok-Rayong, the country’s eastern seaboard industrial hub and deep-sea port; and Bangkok-Hua Hin, viewed as a flourishing tourist destination and gateway to the southern region.

No matter which party will finally win the bidding for the high-speed trains, all the railways running through those provinces will apply the same operational systems, according to the transport minister.

Chatchart said the Thai and Chinese governments might probably agree to dealing in some barter trade between Chinese high-speed trains and Thai farm goods such as rice and rubber. He confirmed that the Chinese have planned to run high-speed trains laden with tourists and merchandise from Kunming to Nong Khai, across the international Mekong River from Vientiane.

Besides the Chinese, several other foreign firms have shown interest to vie for varied rail projects in addition to the high- speed train project including those from South Korea, Japan, France and Spain.

Given an estimated $73 billion loan to fund the country’s infrastructural development schemes, the Thai government has planned to build double-track railways in the provinces as well as additional elevated railways to ply Bangkok’s suburban areas, apart from the interprovincial high-speed trains. All the rail projects combined will use more than 80 per cent of the total loan.

Do you like this post?
  • Fascinated
  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Angry
  • Bored
  • Afraid

Reading Time: 2 minutes

International bidding for Thailand ‘s procurement of high-speed trains to carry passengers and cargoes would likely be held late in 2014, according to Thai Transport Minister Chatchart Sitthipun.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Highspeed railInternational bidding for Thailand ‘s procurement of high-speed trains to carry passengers and cargoes would likely be held late in 2014, according to Thai Transport Minister Chatchart Sitthipun.

The bidding by various foreign firms to win the Thai high-speed train project of $4.6 billion would likely be held from the third quarter of 2014 until 2017, while the construction of the railways and the procurement of those trains are scheduled to be completed within 2020, the minister said on October 18.

For the time being, environmental impact assessments are yet to be finished, regarding the planned routes for the high-speed trains with a main station in Bangkok.

Those routes include Bangkok-Pitsanuloak, which will be extended to Chiang Mai City, viewed as the country’s northern logistical hub and tourist destination hub; Bangkok-Nakorn Ratchasima, which will be extended to Nong Khai province, viewed as a gateway to the Lao capital of Vientiane; Bangkok-Rayong, the country’s eastern seaboard industrial hub and deep-sea port; and Bangkok-Hua Hin, viewed as a flourishing tourist destination and gateway to the southern region.

No matter which party will finally win the bidding for the high-speed trains, all the railways running through those provinces will apply the same operational systems, according to the transport minister.

Chatchart said the Thai and Chinese governments might probably agree to dealing in some barter trade between Chinese high-speed trains and Thai farm goods such as rice and rubber. He confirmed that the Chinese have planned to run high-speed trains laden with tourists and merchandise from Kunming to Nong Khai, across the international Mekong River from Vientiane.

Besides the Chinese, several other foreign firms have shown interest to vie for varied rail projects in addition to the high- speed train project including those from South Korea, Japan, France and Spain.

Given an estimated $73 billion loan to fund the country’s infrastructural development schemes, the Thai government has planned to build double-track railways in the provinces as well as additional elevated railways to ply Bangkok’s suburban areas, apart from the interprovincial high-speed trains. All the rail projects combined will use more than 80 per cent of the total loan.

Do you like this post?
  • Fascinated
  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Angry
  • Bored
  • Afraid