Thailand’s Chinese-backed high-speed railway to start operations in 2023

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Thailand’s High-speed Railway To Start Operations In 2023

The first leg of a planned high-speed railway running between Thailand and China will be operating by 2023, deputy government spokesman Traisuree Taisaranakul told reporters on September 3 in Bangkok.

The section will run 252 kilometer from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand’s central northeast region.

The second section of the line will connect Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai on the Laos border and will come into service at a later point of time. The State Railway of Thailand expects to finalise a consulting agreement for the second phase by the end of September, the transport ministry said in a statement.

The project is part of China’s planned high-speed rail links across Southeast Asia that would eventually connect Kunming in southwest China with Singapore and connect Vientiane, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur by rail.

Preparations for the line were initially delayed in 2016 when Thailand rejected Chinese financing due to high interest rates. However, Thailand will now pay the total cost of the first section of the high-speed railway line of 179 billion baht ($5.85 billion), while China is carrying out design, planning and system installment and will provide the train units.

The trains will run at speeds up to 250 km/h which will translate into a travel time from Bangkok to Vientiane of less than three hours and from Bangkok to Kunming to less than six hours. Ticket prices on the first section will range between 107 baht and 534 baht ($3.50 and $17.45), Taisaranakul said.

Construction and bidding contracts will be finalised this year, Reuters cited acting governor of the State Railway of Thailand, Worawut Mala, as saying. Contracts are also being finalised for the proposed high-speed rail links between Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports in Bangkok, as well as U-Tapao near Pattaya.

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The first leg of a planned high-speed railway running between Thailand and China will be operating by 2023, deputy government spokesman Traisuree Taisaranakul told reporters on September 3 in Bangkok. The section will run 252 kilometer from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand’s central northeast region. The second section of the line will connect Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai on the Laos border and will come into service at a later point of time. The State Railway of Thailand expects to finalise a consulting agreement for the second phase by the end of September, the transport ministry said in a...

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Thailand’s High-speed Railway To Start Operations In 2023

The first leg of a planned high-speed railway running between Thailand and China will be operating by 2023, deputy government spokesman Traisuree Taisaranakul told reporters on September 3 in Bangkok.

The section will run 252 kilometer from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand’s central northeast region.

The second section of the line will connect Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai on the Laos border and will come into service at a later point of time. The State Railway of Thailand expects to finalise a consulting agreement for the second phase by the end of September, the transport ministry said in a statement.

The project is part of China’s planned high-speed rail links across Southeast Asia that would eventually connect Kunming in southwest China with Singapore and connect Vientiane, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur by rail.

Preparations for the line were initially delayed in 2016 when Thailand rejected Chinese financing due to high interest rates. However, Thailand will now pay the total cost of the first section of the high-speed railway line of 179 billion baht ($5.85 billion), while China is carrying out design, planning and system installment and will provide the train units.

The trains will run at speeds up to 250 km/h which will translate into a travel time from Bangkok to Vientiane of less than three hours and from Bangkok to Kunming to less than six hours. Ticket prices on the first section will range between 107 baht and 534 baht ($3.50 and $17.45), Taisaranakul said.

Construction and bidding contracts will be finalised this year, Reuters cited acting governor of the State Railway of Thailand, Worawut Mala, as saying. Contracts are also being finalised for the proposed high-speed rail links between Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports in Bangkok, as well as U-Tapao near Pattaya.

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