Thailand, Laos, China to enter talks about high-speed railway

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Laos will be joining Thailand and China for talks about connecting the planned regional high-speed train network from Thailand’s northeastern city of Nong Khai to Laos’ capital Vientiane in a further push to improve the region’s transport infrastructure.

The move was discussed in a February 7-9 meeting in Beijing between representatives of the Thai Transport Ministry and Chinese counterparts. Sources said the meeting decided the Bangkok-Nong Khai high-speed train project should efficiently connect the high-speed network to the Lao capital. As a result, China will invite Lao authorities to discuss the connectivity, the sources said.

The talks will be aimed at ensuring that construction of the high-speed system in the two countries is coordinated and that the two systems are linked together smoothly. The discussion will include immigration and customs procedures for passengers who travel across the border.

The piling work of the first phase of the China-Thailand high-speed rail network linking Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima, worth $5.5 billion, kicked off on December 21 last year. It is the first section of the 615-kilometer rail network linking Bangkok with Nong Khai. Total investment for the railway network is valued at $16.5 billion.

Under the joint scheme, Thailand is the project owner and China is responsible for certain engineering works and procuring track systems and equipment. In addition, China has agreed to provide technological transfer to the Thai side in three areas. They are design and civil works, system management and checking, and monitoring and maintenance systems, according to the sources.

Eventually, the rail network should be part of the Pan Asia Railway network that will connect China’s southern city of Kunming with Singapore and important cities on the way.

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Laos will be joining Thailand and China for talks about connecting the planned regional high-speed train network from Thailand’s northeastern city of Nong Khai to Laos’ capital Vientiane in a further push to improve the region’s transport infrastructure.

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Laos will be joining Thailand and China for talks about connecting the planned regional high-speed train network from Thailand’s northeastern city of Nong Khai to Laos’ capital Vientiane in a further push to improve the region’s transport infrastructure.

The move was discussed in a February 7-9 meeting in Beijing between representatives of the Thai Transport Ministry and Chinese counterparts. Sources said the meeting decided the Bangkok-Nong Khai high-speed train project should efficiently connect the high-speed network to the Lao capital. As a result, China will invite Lao authorities to discuss the connectivity, the sources said.

The talks will be aimed at ensuring that construction of the high-speed system in the two countries is coordinated and that the two systems are linked together smoothly. The discussion will include immigration and customs procedures for passengers who travel across the border.

The piling work of the first phase of the China-Thailand high-speed rail network linking Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima, worth $5.5 billion, kicked off on December 21 last year. It is the first section of the 615-kilometer rail network linking Bangkok with Nong Khai. Total investment for the railway network is valued at $16.5 billion.

Under the joint scheme, Thailand is the project owner and China is responsible for certain engineering works and procuring track systems and equipment. In addition, China has agreed to provide technological transfer to the Thai side in three areas. They are design and civil works, system management and checking, and monitoring and maintenance systems, according to the sources.

Eventually, the rail network should be part of the Pan Asia Railway network that will connect China’s southern city of Kunming with Singapore and important cities on the way.

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