Construction of China-Thailand high-speed train routes to start next year
A143 billion RMB project connecting China and Thailand with two high-speed trains has been approved by the Thailand National Council for Peace and Order.
These two routes plan to link up southern China and Thailand. It’s believed that the routes will also help link China with other south-eastern Asian countries, allowing the nation to extend its economic influence.
Soithip Traisuth , the Permanent Secretary for Transport in Thailand stated, the maximum speed of trains operating on the routes between Nong Khai and Map Ta Phut and between Chaing Khong and Ban Phachi will travel from 200 kilometres per hour to 160 kilometre per hour.
She added that the high-speed train project will greatly improve the transportation network within Thailand, linking up the capital city Bangkok, key cities, ports, airports and freight hub centres.
The whole project costs around 143 billion RMB, equivalent to around 7,414 billion baht. The route between Nong Khai and Map Ta Phut will be 737 kilometres in length and cost 392.5 billion baht. The other route between Chaing Khong will be 655 kilometres in length and cost 348.8 billion baht.
Construction is set to begin next year and is projected to be finished in 2021 as part of Thailand’s eight-year infrastructure development scheme. The group, led by the Thailand National Council for Peace and Order deputy chief Prajin Jantong, said that funding sources for the project would be revealed in about a month.
China Railway Engineering Corporation has allegedly set up a project department for the China-Thailand railway which has already begun preparing for construction of the China-Thailand high-speed trains.