Thailand to Build Three New Rail Lines

Thailand to Build Three New Rail Lines
May 20, 2007 6:31 pm

Thai cabinet approved three new rail lines worth over 70bn baht ($2bn), which they hope will encourage three million people per day to use public transport.

Two of the projects are light rail lines in Bangkok, a city known for its congested streets and backed-up traffic. Their combined value will be 65bn baht, said transport minister Thira Haocharoen.
The third rail line, costing 5.8bn baht, will link the eastern province of Chachoengsao to a deep-sea port, and bidding for all three is expected to start in July.
Construction will begin next year.
Bangkok’s existing mass transit system has three lines – two above ground, and one underground – totalling 75km (47 miles) of tracks.
Together they carry almost 630,000 passengers a day.
Officials predict that at least three million people will use the capital’s mass transit system when the two new city commuter lines with a combined track length of 41km are completed by 2010.
“They will take people from provinces neighbouring Bangkok and the suburbs to the centre of Bangkok in 40 minutes or an hour,” said Pranote Suriya, a traffic planning official with the transport ministry. 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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