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Old August 8th, 2017, 06:56 AM   #61
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This is one under rated rail project. Good to see progress on the tunnels.
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Great to see the progress of Chinese funded rail project in Laos.
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Old August 9th, 2017, 07:19 AM   #63
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this project will have major ramifications in the future. any news on the development of supporting expressways in Laos?
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Old August 9th, 2017, 01:43 PM   #64
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this project will have major ramifications in the future. any news on the development of supporting expressways in Laos?
Not yet as the existing toll roads already caused public frustration on travelling and transportation
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Old August 10th, 2017, 06:27 AM   #65
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You mean tollways are not popular due the added cost in travelling along them.
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Old August 10th, 2017, 06:35 AM   #66
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You mean tollways are not popular due the added cost in travelling along them.
Yah - the extra burden for transportation - both passenger transports and cargo transport by trucks.
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Old August 10th, 2017, 07:57 AM   #67
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I assume one advantage of the railway would be lower cost of transportation?
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Old August 10th, 2017, 08:58 AM   #68
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I assume one advantage of the railway would be lower cost of transportation?
Yah indeed - including the time saving even though the hill section may have speed limit of 45 kph for some sharp curve and steep hills (26 in 1000) despite of tunnels and via ducts
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Old August 10th, 2017, 01:39 PM   #69
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although this is the wrong thread for this discussion, if the money earned from tollways was re invested into building new tollways the overall expressway would expand over time?

Are the economies of scale in Laos large enough to allow this to happen?
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Old August 10th, 2017, 01:42 PM   #70
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although this is the wrong thread for this discussion, if the money earned from tollways was re invested into building new tollways the overall expressway would expand over time?

Are the economies of scale in Laos large enough to allow this to happen?
nope - heading to bank accounts of those profiteers
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Old August 24th, 2017, 06:32 PM   #71
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Govt to steam ahead with railway compensation

The government is looking to speed up compensation for people who will lose land or other property to make way for the Laos-China railway, asking the National Assembly (NA) to extend support in this regard.

Minister of Public Works and Transport Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong called for the NA to encourage provincial and Vientiane administrations as well as provincial and Vientiane People's councils to approve unit prices for the compensation calculated by authorities in charge.

The minister made the call in a report he delivered during a recent meeting between the government cabinet and the NA's Standing Committee.

The meeting suggested the government's relevant authorities seek approval regarding the compensation unit prices from local administrations and provincial councils before carrying out compensation, an Assembly source who attended the meeting told Vientiane Times yesterday.

Compensation for the loss of rice fields ranges from 10,000 to 137,000 kip per square metre, according to unit prices calculated by the authorities in charge.

Different unit prices were calculated for lost land depending on location and whether the land is connected to national roads, provincial roads, village lanes or has no road access.

Compensation unit prices for farmland range from 2,500 to 262,500 kip per square metre, while compensation for residential land was calculated from 10,000 to 3 million kip per square metre.

Affected villagers were also set to receive compensation for houses and flats impacted by the project with compensation for property initially calculated at between 320,000 to 3.5 million kip per square metre.

Unit prices to compensate for the loss of smaller buildings like kitchens, huts, car parks, shops and animal houses were set at between 30,000 to 250,000 kip per square metre.

In addition, railway developers are looking into compensating for crops and fruit trees which have to be cleared to make way for the US$5.8 billion project, which is currently under construction.

The unit prices were calculated based on information in which current market prices and previous compensation given to affected properties by projects implemented in nearby areas are taken into account in line with the government's compensation policy.

Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport and Chairman of the Laos-China Railway Project Management Committee, Mr Lattanamany Khounnivong, said these were just initial compensation unit prices calculated by the authorities in charge.

He added that the authorities would seek approval from the relevant bodies including provincial administrations and provincial people's councils.

It was reported that 4,411 families in the provinces of Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang, Vientiane as well as the capital Vientiane would be affected by the 417-km railway.

As much as 3,832 hectares of land and 3,346 buildings along with crops and trees will be impacted.

However, authorities in charge are still unable to estimate the total compensation cost as they have not yet finished demarcating the reserved area for the rail line, while the compensation unit prices still need approval.
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Old August 25th, 2017, 07:16 AM   #72
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how much of the railway will be at ground level?
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Old August 27th, 2017, 08:35 PM   #73
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China-Laos railway enters phase of comprehensive construction

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._136559812.htm

VIENTIANE, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Laos-China Railway Company announced on Sunday that the China-Laos railway project has entered the phase of comprehensive construction in an orderly and effective way.

The announcement was made by Zhao Xiang, director general of the Laos-China Railway Company, at a gathering here to commend the progress achieved so far in the project.

The construction of the railway officially started on Dec. 25, 2016 in northern Laos' Luang Prabang province. In march this year, a campaign of 100-day dry season working competition was launched to speed up the construction process.

According to Zhao, since the launching of the competition, construction units of the project have overcome various difficulties to actively promote the implementation of the project.

In less than six months, site preparation has been completed for the construction of four stations; foundation construction of nine bridge piles have finished; 86 holes for construction of 46 tunnels have been prepared, of which 15 are key tunnels, he said.

Lattanamany Khounnyvong, Lao vice minister of public works and transport and team leader of the railway project working group, said in his speech that th China-Laos railway is a project of strategic significance which will benefit peoples of the two countries.

Besides promoting interconnectivity between China and Southeast Asia, the railway is also an important project under the Belt and Road Initiative, he said.

Proposed by China in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, aiming at building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes of Silk Road.

Huang Difu, general manager of China Railway International Co., Ltd and chairman of the Laos-China Railway Company, said the construction of the railway has achieved substantive results.

Since the railway runs along the scenic spots of Laos including world cultural heritage protection area, the construction units will make the greatest efforts to reduce the impact of construction on the environment and protect the beautiful scenery of Laos, Huang said.

The China-Laos railway has a total length of 414.332 kilometers with over 62.7 percent of bridges and tunnels, linking Mohan-Boten border gate in northern Laos and capital Vientiane. Operating speed on the route is designed at 160 km per hour.
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Old August 29th, 2017, 04:11 PM   #74
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More pics of China-Laos railway

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Chinese companies gearing up as construction of China-Laos railway in full swing

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VIENTIANE, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- The construction of China-Laos railway has been in full swing, while the Chinese companies involved are gearing up for the peak construction period during the dry season in Laos.

While paying an inspection visit on Monday to the Mekong River peninsula in northern Laos' Luang Prabang, where construction conditions are harsh, General Manager of China Railway International Co., Ltd and Chairman of Laos-China Railway Company Huang Difu requested Chinese units to overcome difficulties, speed up construction of bridges, tunnels and roads at the section, and strengthen the construction of sidewalk reinforcement to ensure a smooth progress during the rainy season.

China Railway No. 2 Group Co., Ltd, which is responsible for construction of the northernmost and southernmost sections of China-Laos railway, held a site meeting Tuesday in the Lao capital of Vientiane for dry season construction.

General Manager of China Railway No. 2 Group Wang Guangzhong exhorted the company staff to join the campaign in the coming nine months of dry season for peak construction.

Wang asked his staff to take advantage of the dry season to fulfill all the set tasks to lay foundation for high-quality construction of the China-Laos railway in a timely manner.

The Lao climate is mainly tropical with dry and rainy seasons. Rainy season runs from May to October. China Railway Group Limited, Power Construction Corporation of China and other units participating in construction of the railway are mobilizing forces for the prepartion of dry season construction.

The construction of China-Laos railway started on Dec. 25, 2016 in the northern Lao province of Luang Prabang. The Laos-China railway company on March 31 launched a campaign of "a 100-day of dry season working competition."

At a gathering held Sunday in Vientiane to commend the progress achieved so far in the project, the company announced that the China-Laos railway project has entered the phase of comprehensive construction in an orderly and effective way.

According to Zhao Xiang, director general of the Laos-China Railway Company, since the launching of the competition, construction units of the project have overcome various difficulties to actively promote the implementation of the project.

In less than six months, site preparation has been completed for the construction of four stations; foundation construction of nine bridge piles have finished; 86 holes for construction of 46 tunnels have been drilled, of which 15 are key tunnels.

Lattanamany Khounnyvong, Lao vice minister for public works and transport and team leader of the railway project working group, said the campaign showed friendship of the construction units to the Lao people and their support to the project.

As an important project under the Belt and Road initiative, it will benefit peoples of the two countries and promote interconnectivity between China and Southeast Asia, Lattanamany added.

Meanwhile, General Manager Huang said many Lao government leaders after inspection visits to construction sites expressed satisfaction with the achievement of the railway construction.

He emphasized that since the railway runs along the scenic spots of Laos including world cultural heritage protection area, the construction units will make efforts to minimize the impact of construction on the environment and protect the beautiful scenery of Laos.

The 414-kim China-Laos railway links Mohan-Boten border gate in northern Laos and Vientiane with some 62.7 percent of its tracks on bridges or in tunnels. Operating speed of the railway is designed at 160 km per hour.
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Mekong River peninsula? Clearly Chomphet bank of Luang Phrabang though.
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Old August 30th, 2017, 07:43 AM   #77
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So it is 414 km Vientiane-Mohan and 507 km Mohan-Yuxi?
A total of 921 km Vientiane-Yuxi?
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So it is 414 km Vientiane-Mohan and 507 km Mohan-Yuxi?
A total of 921 km Vientiane-Yuxi?
Not to mention about 50 km from Yuxi to Kunming and 608.5 km from Nong Khai to Bangsue Central
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Not to mention about 50 km from Yuxi to Kunming and 608.5 km from Nong Khai to Bangsue Central
Officially counted as 79 km Kunming-Yuxi. Trip time 32 minutes.
In 2021, what is the scheduled trip time for the 1000 km voyage Vientiane-Kunming?
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Officially counted as 79 km Kunming-Yuxi. Trip time 32 minutes.
In 2021, what is the scheduled trip time for the 1000 km voyage Vientiane-Kunming?
think about those Isan folks from Ubon (575 km from BKK) and Nong Khai (621 km from BKK) taking a train to BKK before boarding the train to go down South to work in Hatyai (945 km from BKK), Padang besar (990 km from BKK) and Sugei Golok (1159 km from BKK) while carrying 100 kg sack of sticky rice and other necessary belongings including jars of fermented fish (Pla Daek) or so - taking at least 2 days to reach the destination
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