Thailand and China signed a MoC for Railway Infrastructure Development

The long-awaited and ambitious standard-gauge rail network linking Bangkok and the northeastern provinces is set to get off the ground early next year after Thailand and China yesterday signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) on the development of railway infrastructure.

Thailand and China signed a MoC for Railway Infrastructure Development
December 12, 2016 2:59 am

The plan is part of the framework of the Transport Infrastructure Development Strategy 2015-22.

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Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said after the fifth meeting of the joint committee on trade, investment and economic cooperation in Beijing that the MoC covers Thailand’s first standard-gauge rail network linking Bangkok and Nong Khai.

The network will be divided into two lines, Nong Khai-Nakhon Ratchasima-Kaeng Khoi (Saraburi)-Map Ta Phut (Rayong) and Nong Khai-Bangkok, with construction divided into four sections:

  • Bangkok-Kaeng Khoi
  • Kaeng Khoi-Map Ta Phut
  • Kaeng Khoi-Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Nakhon Ratchasima-Nong Khai

According to Mr Somkid, Thailand and China also mutually agreed to begin the project with the Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima route as the first phase.

Construction for the first phase is expected to begin early next year, before the two parties expand cooperation to the second phase, Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai.

Mr Somkid said continued cooperation on other high-speed rail routes is anticipated in line with China’s signature One Belt, One Road initiative. is a railway information and news platform. Website presents from all around the world railway sector news, developments, projects and tender for the sector specialists. Railwaynews supports to industry events and announced them for potential participants. Railwaynews plans to collecting data from all around the world, about railway infrastructure, rolling stock, railway transportation datum, geographical datum to present for railway professionals for short term. Railwaynews will build new platforms aims to high value railway business environment for all railway specialists, railway fans and especially railway suppliers and their decision makers. Railwaynews presents whole information from rail professionals to rail professionals.

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