High-speed train on track for 2015

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The high-speed train project linking Thailand, Laos and southern China’s Kunming province could start in 2015 in time for the launch of the Asean Economic Community, people with knowledge of the matter said on the sidelines of the Asia Europe Meeting in Vientiane from November 5 to 6.

The project envisions a train capable of speeds of 200 km/h running from Yunnan province to Laos and Nong Khai in northeastern Thailand. From there, passengers and cargo can travel to Bangkok and Thailand’s industrial province of Rayong as well as south to Malaysia and Singapore.

Work on the China-Laos route, which will cost $7 billion, is expected to begin shortly. The project will be financed by the Export-Import Bank of China under a 30-year loan, with China responsible for construction.

Plans to build a train link from Kunming to Singapore were initiated by Chinese and ASEAN leaders at the seventh ASEAN summit in 2001. Construction on the project, ultimately covering 3,900 kilometers, began last year with the China-Vientiane link, with the entire line expected to be fully complete in 2020. Work on the Kunming-Yangon line and a larger project connecting Kunming with Vientiane, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is expected to start later this year.

Laos is now also developing a railway link to Vietnamat costs of $4 billion, the Vientiane Times reported on November 6. The construction will take five years to complete.

The master concession agreement has been signed between the Laotian government and Giant Consolidated Ltd, a Malaysian company, to develop the 220 kilometer track from Savannakhet to Lao Bao, near the Vietnam border.

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The high-speed train project linking Thailand, Laos and southern China’s Kunming province could start in 2015 in time for the launch of the Asean Economic Community, people with knowledge of the matter said on the sidelines of the Asia Europe Meeting in Vientiane from November 5 to 6.

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The high-speed train project linking Thailand, Laos and southern China’s Kunming province could start in 2015 in time for the launch of the Asean Economic Community, people with knowledge of the matter said on the sidelines of the Asia Europe Meeting in Vientiane from November 5 to 6.

The project envisions a train capable of speeds of 200 km/h running from Yunnan province to Laos and Nong Khai in northeastern Thailand. From there, passengers and cargo can travel to Bangkok and Thailand’s industrial province of Rayong as well as south to Malaysia and Singapore.

Work on the China-Laos route, which will cost $7 billion, is expected to begin shortly. The project will be financed by the Export-Import Bank of China under a 30-year loan, with China responsible for construction.

Plans to build a train link from Kunming to Singapore were initiated by Chinese and ASEAN leaders at the seventh ASEAN summit in 2001. Construction on the project, ultimately covering 3,900 kilometers, began last year with the China-Vientiane link, with the entire line expected to be fully complete in 2020. Work on the Kunming-Yangon line and a larger project connecting Kunming with Vientiane, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is expected to start later this year.

Laos is now also developing a railway link to Vietnamat costs of $4 billion, the Vientiane Times reported on November 6. The construction will take five years to complete.

The master concession agreement has been signed between the Laotian government and Giant Consolidated Ltd, a Malaysian company, to develop the 220 kilometer track from Savannakhet to Lao Bao, near the Vietnam border.

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