Phuket in talks with Siemens, Bombardier over $1-billion airport rail link

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Thailand’s province of Phuket is in talks with Siemens and Bombardier over a contract to supply a rail connection to the island’s international airport, German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on February 19.

The discussion with the two Western technology giants began after the operator of Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain warned Phuket’s transport officials that the BTS had many problems with Chinese wagons delivered by CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles after they partly switched from Siemens equipment to the cheaper Chinese supplier in 2016.

The holiday island of Phuket is in dire need for a reliable high-capacity transport link from the airport to the capital 60 kilometers south at the other side of the island. Annually,  a whopping 15 million tourists visit the popular destination and road traffic collapses frequently.

The investment for an airport rail link could be more than $1 billion, Phadet Jinda, head of Phuket’s city development committee, said. The contract is to be awarded this year and construction is to begin in 2019, he added, possibly under a public-private partnership structure. The project will be coordinated and funded by the central administration in Bangkok.

“In three years the train should be operating” Jinda said.

The BTS Skytrain was the first turnkey contract awarded to Siemens for Bangkok’s first elevated mass transit system in 1995. In 2001, the Germans delivered their modular metro wagon system for the blue line of Bangkok’s underground metro system MRT, followed a number of orders from private and public industries in the power generation and distribution, railway traffic control, wastewater treatment, medical technology, industrial machinery and airport logistics sectors, among others.

Canada-based Bombardier delivered the signalling system for the BTS Skytrain and train control solutions for the State Railway of Thailand.

 

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Thailand’s province of Phuket is in talks with Siemens and Bombardier over a contract to supply a rail connection to the island’s international airport, German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on February 19.

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Thailand’s province of Phuket is in talks with Siemens and Bombardier over a contract to supply a rail connection to the island’s international airport, German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on February 19.

The discussion with the two Western technology giants began after the operator of Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain warned Phuket’s transport officials that the BTS had many problems with Chinese wagons delivered by CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles after they partly switched from Siemens equipment to the cheaper Chinese supplier in 2016.

The holiday island of Phuket is in dire need for a reliable high-capacity transport link from the airport to the capital 60 kilometers south at the other side of the island. Annually,  a whopping 15 million tourists visit the popular destination and road traffic collapses frequently.

The investment for an airport rail link could be more than $1 billion, Phadet Jinda, head of Phuket’s city development committee, said. The contract is to be awarded this year and construction is to begin in 2019, he added, possibly under a public-private partnership structure. The project will be coordinated and funded by the central administration in Bangkok.

“In three years the train should be operating” Jinda said.

The BTS Skytrain was the first turnkey contract awarded to Siemens for Bangkok’s first elevated mass transit system in 1995. In 2001, the Germans delivered their modular metro wagon system for the blue line of Bangkok’s underground metro system MRT, followed a number of orders from private and public industries in the power generation and distribution, railway traffic control, wastewater treatment, medical technology, industrial machinery and airport logistics sectors, among others.

Canada-based Bombardier delivered the signalling system for the BTS Skytrain and train control solutions for the State Railway of Thailand.

 

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