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Bangkok-Nong Khai high-speed rail contract inked with China

By The Nation

 

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, centre, presides over the signing ceremony.

 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has hailed the development of the Thai-Sino high-speed rail project as key to strengthening the country's competitiveness.

 

The premier on Wednesday presided over the signing of “Contract 2.3” between the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), China Railway International and China Railway Design Corp at Government House.

 

The Bt50.63-billion contract is for Phase 1 of the Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima high-speed railway, which will run from Bangkok to Nong Khai. The contract covers construction of the track and electrical, signalling and communication systems, procurement of trains, maintenance and technology transfer.

 

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said that Phase 1 comprises a 253-kilometre stretch of track with six stations – Bang Sue, Don Muang, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Pak Chong and Nakhon Ratchasima.

 

The Thai side is entirely responsible for investment on this phase and the civil works, while the Chinese side will oversee the design and installation of track, electrical systems, train operation system, train procurement and personal training.

 

The Thai side is currently drafting the design of Phase 2 – a 354.5km track from Nong Khai to Nakhon Ratchasima.

 

Saksayam said the ministry will ask the Cabinet to approve the launch of an institute to conduct research and development of track system technology, aiming to increase the number of experts in the field.

 

This would help boost use of local materials, add about Bt21 billion in value to the Thai rail industry, and create jobs worth about Bt6 billion annually, he said.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30396942

 

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Buying Submarines and fast trains...  Meanwhile the Thai people get no help from the government and are out of work from this pandemic. 

The government carries 100% economic risk coupled with 100% loans from China at a comparatively high interest rate ever paid by the government. Typically, such a government project requires an ec

Subs are on hold and the fast train network will provide 1,000's of needed jobs. As long as Thai labour is used rather than cheap migrants. 

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These plans were afoot for several years now and because of that i have bought some commercial properties in Khon Kean but gave up waiting and sold them when plans were put on the back burners for few years, but as far as the usefulness goes, it will be a boon to commerce and to the people of Thailand...

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28 minutes ago, ezzra said:

These plans were afoot for several years now and because of that i have bought some commercial properties in Khon Kean but gave up waiting and sold them when plans were put on the back burners for few years, but as far as the usefulness goes, it will be a boon to commerce and to the people of Thailand...

Khon keen? Probably be better off buying on nong khai no?

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1 hour ago, starky said:

Khon keen? Probably be better off buying on nong khai no?


I just bought land in a village outside KKC, it’s way more developed and more of a commercial hub then Nong Khai, which, over the times I have been there has never changed from a sleepy Mekong town. 

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Great work by Khun Prayut Chan O Cha,  I'm all for it if it creates jobs, jobs and more jobs for thousands upon thousands of Thais. It's also good for Khon Kaen and many other commercially viable centers along the route. High speed train Travel will benefit millions of thais. 

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