Transport minister updates Cabinet on progress of railway projects

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation–30289903.html

The Bt224.42 billion first phase of the Thai-Japanese high-speed railway project for Bangkok-Phitsanulok is expected to kick off with design work next year before construction begins in either 2018 or 2019, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said.

The project is part of the Bangkok-Chiang Mai railway project being built under a Thailand-Japan bilateral deal.

Arkhom said Thailand was waiting for an interim report on the project’s feasibility study undertaken by Japan. The report was to be submitted on June 30.

The minister was reporting to the Cabinet yesterday on progress made in the country’s railway system development plan focusing on high-speed trains, metro lines and an intercity dual-track railway network.

Apart from the Thai-Japanese project, Arkhom said the Thai-Chinese railway project was being considered by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning and expected to commence construction this quarter. The project will start with building the first phase of the 250km Bangkok-Kaeng Khoi route with an investment of between Bt170 billion and Bt190 billion.

Meanwhile, the high-speed railway project for the 193km Bangkok-Rayong and 165km Bangkok-Hua Hin routes will be put forward for the Public Private Partnership Committee’s consideration in the last quarter of this year. The Bankok-Rayong railway project is expected to cost Bt153.53 billion, while the Bankok-Hua Hin requires Bt224.42 billion.

For the first phase of the dual-track intercity railway with 1-metre gauge, one of the five projects is already under construction, while one is ready for bidding, one is waiting for approval from the Cabinet and two are awaiting comments from related agencies.

The five projects will cover 797km in total worth Bt115.78 billion. There are be seven more routes 1,620km in length which will be upgraded to become dual-track railways in the second phase and will gradually be open for service from 2019.

For the 10 metro lines, Arkhom said there were now five projects 134km in length worth Bt396 billion under consideration. Of these, the Pink, Yellow and Orange were being put up for bidding, while the other two, Red and Dark Red lines will soon be proposed for Cabinet consideration.

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