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Old August 13th, 2010, 07:05 AM   #1
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THAILAND | High Speed Rail

Rayong rail link reports due in July Route now likely to include Chachoengsao

Bangkokpost Published: 6/05/2010 at 12:00 AM



Feasibility studies for the Bangkok-Rayong high-speed train are expected to take two months, says Supa Piyajitti, director-general of the State Enterprise Policy Office.

The rail line is the first of four high-speed rail routes planned under the Thai Khem Khaeng infrastructure investment programme.

One likely change to the project is that routing will now include Chachoengsao province, which would increase the system's financial returns, say authorities.

Running the track from Bangkok to Chachoengsao to Rayong would extend the route to 221 kilometres. For a system with trains that run at 160 kilometres per hour the total investment, including land expropriation, is projected at 55 billion baht with an expected internal rate of return (EIRR) of 13.24%.

If authorities plan instead for trains capable of 250 kilometres per hour, the EIRR rises to 15.4% with investment costs increasing to 56.6 billion.By contrast, a route from Bangkok to Bang Pakong and Rayong would measure 194 kilometres. Investment costs with a 160 km/h train system would total 52.1 billion baht with an EIRR of 9.85%. Using the 250 km/h train system would raise investment costs to 53.6 billion baht with an EIRR of 13.25%.

Ms Supa said maximum returns would come from the Chachoengsao route and the 250 km/h train system. In her view, while this is also the most expensive option, the extra cost is relatively small.

Planners estimate that up to 13,200 people per day would ride the train, with one-way fares starting at 350 baht. Intermediate stops would be made at Chachoengsao, Pattaya and Chon Buri.

The high-speed train would cut travel time from Bangkok to Rayong to just one hour, compared with more than three hours by road currently.

Once the feasibility studies are complete, the Finance Ministry will invite leading train suppliers to present their views about the suitability of the planned route and the available technology options, said Ms Supa.

The other three high-speed routes planned under the 20-year, 800-billion-baht programme are Bangkok to Padang Besar on the Thai-Malaysian border; Bangkok-Nong Khai in the Northeast; and Bangkok-Chiang Mai.

The four routes would cover 2,000 kilometres and allow travel from the capital to any region in the country within five hours.
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Old August 13th, 2010, 07:09 AM   #3
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Thailand ready for rail talks with China

Bangkokpost Published: 6/08/2010 at 12:00 AM


Thailand and China are expected to open talks this month on plans to jointly invest in Thailand's new standard-gauge rail link and high-speed train projects.

A panel chaired by Korbsak Sabhavasu, secretary-general to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, yesterday set up two subcommittees to work out a feasibility study for the projects.

The Thai government wants to invest jointly with China in a high-speed rail line from Suvarnabhumi airport to Rayong on the Eastern Seaboard through Pattaya and Laem Chabang, and a standard-gauge link from China through Vietnam, Laos and Nong Khai in Thailand's northeast to connect with Malaysia and Singapore.

A new standard-gauge rail line from Nong Khai to the southern border with Malaysia is expected to cost 300 billion baht.

The line would link at Nong Khai to a line China plans to build through Vietnam and Laos.

Mr Korbsak said the high-speed rail project linking Suvarnabhumi and Rayong was estimated to cost 30 billion baht.

He said the two subcommittees were required to complete their studies in two weeks.

Officials from the two countries are required to complete a draft memorandum of understanding ahead of Mr Abhisit's visit to China scheduled for early next month.

The new rail line would benefit travel through the region as the train network is expected to be built from Kunming through Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Malaysia to connect with Singapore.

The tourism industry would benefit greatly from the new network, Mr Korbsak said.

He said the 1,000-kilometre line in Thailand would be developed along the existing State Railway of Thailand track and would take about three years to build.

Trains on the new line would run at 200 kilometres an hour compared with the SRT average of 60km/h.

The investment is in addition to 170billion baht earmarked for upgrading the SRT's services and the speed of its trains, Mr Korbsak said.

The SRT project is aimed at improving safety standards and increasing speeds on its one metre-gauge lines to between 80km/h and 100km/h from the present 60km/h.

Mr Korbsak said a feasibility study for the high-speed train from Bangkok to Rayong would go ahead even if Thailand failed to sign a deal with China.
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Thai-China high speed train approved
Published: 26/10/2010 at 01:43 PM
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The joint parliamentary meeting on Tuesday morning approved a proposed draft framework of Thailand-China negotiations to construct a high speed train system in Thailand.

The meeting voted 295 to 10 in favour of the draft framework approved by the cabinet last month.

Transport Minister Sohpon Zarum said the government wanted to invest with China in particular, because the Beijing had been successful in developing high-speed rail routes in Laos.

"But we are not focusing on China alone. If other countries have better proposals we will consider them," Mr Sohpon said.

He said the government might take about four to five years to study the details of the project.

"If the country can pull off this project it will be a success, since the country does not have that much capability yet," the minister said.

Further studies will have to done to determine the project's feasibility and construction sites.

The high-speed rail network will be a government-to-government project, he said.

There were no prenegotiations between any parties, including the prime minister or deputy prime ministers, as that would violate the constitution, he said.

As for concern about Thailand being bound to China following the negotiations, Mr Sohpon said there will be competition in the procurement process.

The joint venture would develop high-speed trains with an average speed of 250 kilometres per hour.

The three proposed high-speed rail routes, with an investment value of about 480 billion baht, are: Bangkok-Nong Khai, Bangkok-Rayong, and Bangkok-Padang Besar on the Malaysian border.


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Thai-China high speed train approved
Published: 26/10/2010 at 01:43 PM
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The joint parliamentary meeting on Tuesday morning approved a proposed draft framework of Thailand-China negotiations to construct a high speed train system in Thailand.

The meeting voted 295 to 10 in favour of the draft framework approved by the cabinet last month.

Transport Minister Sohpon Zarum said the government wanted to invest with China in particular, because the Beijing had been successful in developing high-speed rail routes in Laos.

"But we are not focusing on China alone. If other countries have better proposals we will consider them," Mr Sohpon said.

He said the government might take about four to five years to study the details of the project.

"If the country can pull off this project it will be a success, since the country does not have that much capability yet," the minister said.

Further studies will have to done to determine the project's feasibility and construction sites.

The high-speed rail network will be a government-to-government project, he said.

There were no prenegotiations between any parties, including the prime minister or deputy prime ministers, as that would violate the constitution, he said.

As for concern about Thailand being bound to China following the negotiations, Mr Sohpon said there will be competition in the procurement process.

The joint venture would develop high-speed trains with an average speed of 250 kilometres per hour.

The three proposed high-speed rail routes, with an investment value of about 480 billion baht, are: Bangkok-Nong Khai, Bangkok-Rayong, and Bangkok-Padang Besar on the Malaysian border.


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Old July 26th, 2011, 10:57 AM   #6
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New govt proposed to approve hi-speed rail project

The Nation Chiang Mai Published on July 7, 2011

The State Enterprise Policy Office (Sepo) will propose before the year's end that Yingluck Shinawatra's Cabinet approve the Bangkok-Chiang Mai high-speed rail project.

Sepo 2011 meeting at Chiang Mai's Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel yesterday, Sepo director-general Somchai Sajjapongse expressed confidence that the Chiang Mai-Bangkok high-speed train would be realised during the new government's term.
He said Yingluck, a Chiang Mai native, would see the importance of the project.

Somchai said the public-private partnership (PPP) committee was pushing high-speed train projects to raise people's quality of life and the country's ability to compete.

It was very likely that not only the Bangkok-Chiang Mai route would begin in this government's term but also the Bangkok-Rayong, Bangkok-Nong Khai and Bangkok-Hat Yai routes, he added.

Somchai said the Thai government and its Chinese counterpart had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Bangkok-Nong Khai and Bangkok-Hat Yai routes.

Yingluck's government could proceed on three more high-potential routes, Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Rayong and Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani, which Sepo would get private companies to bid for.

So far, companies from countries including Japan, Korea and Germany had expressed interest to bid for them, he said.

The Bangkok-Chiang Mai route was the most promising due to positive returns on investment. The people and private sector were in agreement in wanting the project to start quickly, he said.

"According to initial discussions, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) would be the main agency in charge of it. As another Bt70 billion is needed for the construction and railing, the Finance Ministry or a joint-venture company could raise funds to invest in the project and pay the railway rental fee to SRT," he said.

Sepo and the Finance Ministry will propose this project to the new government as soon as possible, and the contract should be signed by the year's end or early next year. Sepo will quickly draft the terms of reference for the project, he said.

The Chiang Mai route, which will need a budget of Bt100 billion and shorten the journey between the cities to three hours 30 minutes, won't cause environmental impacts because its one-metre-wide railway will be built in parallel with the existing railway, he said.

The Public-Private Joint Venture Act amendment will soon be in effect, allowing the project to be realised in five years, he added.

State Enterprise Policy and Planning Bureau 1 chief Poomsak Aranyakasemsuk said the 745km route would have 13 stations in 11 provinces. The ticket price would be Bt1,200-Bt1,500 with around 29,000 passengers expected per day initially, rising to 40,000 passengers later.

Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce chairman Narong Khongprasert said the Bangkok-Chiang Mai high-speed train would bring economic, social and environmental benefits.

He said the province had 30,000 hotel rooms, attractions including the Night Safari, Royal Park Rajapreuk and International Convention and Exhibiton Centre, but didn't have an effective fuel-saving transport and logistics system.

This project will help to make Chiang Mai a hub in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, he said, adding that a suitable location for the station would be Saraphi district.

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The Chambers of Commerce of 13 provinces in the North will propose the Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Bangkok-Chiang Rai high-speed train projects to the in-coming government for consideration, Thaweesak Purngworakhun, chairman of Uttaradit Chamber of Commerce, said on Wednesday.

The 13 provinces are Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Phrae, Tak, Sukhothai, Petchabun, Pitsanulok and Uttaradit.

Mr Thaweesak said the train projects should not be developed by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) because they would be obstructed by internal influence in the organization, particularly the SRT Labour Union.

They should be invested by foreign private companies which are interested in these projects, such as Chinese, Japanese and German firms. But the government must include the high-speed train projects in its development plan as mega-investment projects.

The high-speed train projects have high feasibility, safety, can reduce damage from road accident, promote tourism, save fuel consumption as the trains run by electricity and all people can use the services.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/...h-speed-trains


http://www.sepo.go.th/highspeedrail/...R%20Inform.pdf
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Old July 28th, 2011, 08:39 PM   #7
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great update, i believe Thailand will become one of the strong competitor in the logistic and transportation regional hub in Asia.
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Old July 31st, 2011, 10:48 PM   #8
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Wow.. Seems promising.. Would be a great asset for thailand..
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Seems promising.. Would be an asset for Thailand..



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