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Thailand hopes to have bullet trains running by 2023

David Luekens, CNN 

 

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Bangkok (CNN) — After years of delays and much debate, it's finally happening. Bullet trains are coming to Thailand.

 

With one project under construction, another approved and others being considered, many in the country are questioning whether high-speed rail (HSR) will be the right fit for the country.

 

"This is going to be a big change for Thailand," says Thanet Sorat, an adviser to Thailand's Senate Committee on Transportation, vice president of shipping company, V-Serve, and president of the Thai Authorized Customs Brokers Association. He hopes to see sleek trains pinballing around the country at 155 mph (250 kph) within five years.

 

Both projects currently in the works will employ Chinese HSR technology. Though Thailand declined Chinese loans, the projects are considered a part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a plan that aims to connect China to the rest of Asia through new transport infrastructure.

 

Full story: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/thailand-bullet-trains/index.html

 

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18 minutes ago, Grumpy John said:

It's do able....but!   Continuing the service for many years into the future is the problem.  The rolling stock needs frequent intensive maintenance.  And saving a few baht on cheap concrete and cheaper steel rails is going to be a problem if there is insufficient quality control during construction.   And then there is the ongoing lose that will accumulate year on year.  It's been shown to be unlikely to break even or make a profit.  I guess the taxpayer will bear the burden of annual loses!

"I guess the taxpayer will bear the burden of annual loses!".... that's always the case but the politician who came up with the idea to fund the project in the first place will be elected again and again and keep coming up with more and more things for the taxpayer to fund. It happens in all countries.

 

 

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