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Old October 22nd, 2014, 11:27 AM   #181
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High-speed railway routes changed
Published: 22 Oct 2014 at 10.28
Newspaper section: Business
Writer: Chatrudee Theparat

The government on Tuesday made some changes to its high-speed development plan, adding a Bangkok-Rayong route and splitting the Nong Khai-Map Ta Phut route into two — Nong Khai-Nakhon Ratchasima and Nakhon Ratchasima-Bangkok-Map Ta Phut.

In July, the National Council for Peace and Order approved a 2.4-trillion-baht infrastructure plan through 2022 covering dual-track rail, electric trains, highways, waterways and airports.

Two high-speed rail routes costing a combined 741 billion baht would link Thailand with southern China.

The Nong Khai-Map Ta Phut route would cover 737 kilometres and cost 393 billion baht, while the Chiang Khong-Phachi route would be 655 km and cost 349 billion.

Construction was scheduled to last until 2021.

But the cabinet yesterday said the government now opted instead to build three routes of 1.435-metre standard gauge with speeds of up to 180 km/h.

They are Nong Khai-Nakhon Ratchasima (355 km), Nakhon Ratchasima-Bangkok-Map Ta Phut (512 km) and Bangkok-Rayong (193 km).

Chaiwat Thongkhamkhun, deputy director of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP), said the new routes would first undergo feasibility and design studies.

These should take about a year to complete, he said.

Land expropriation is scheduled for 2016, while construction will start three or four years from now.

The cabinet also yesterday acknowledged an OTP proposal for an eight-year infrastructure development programme from 2015-22.

The Transport Ministry is now in the process of improving details of the government's 2.4-trillion-baht infrastructure development plan.

Mr Chaiwat said the first 68 billion baht was earmarked for investment under the government's infrastructure plan in the fiscal-2015 budget.

The cabinet yesterday stuck with the five-fold strategy covering railways, mass-transit development in Bangkok, land transport linking major production bases nationwide and in neighbouring countries, water transport and air transport, he said.

The urgent projects are aimed at improving connections within the country's transport network including gateways to border trade, major cities upcountry and Bangkok.

Mr Chaiwat said six dual-track rail routes with a total construction budget of 117 billion baht would be implemented first.

They are the Jira junction in Nakhon Ratchasima-Khon Kaen (185 km); Prachuap Khiri Khan-Chumphon (167 km); Map Kabao in Saraburi-Nakhon Ratchasima (132 km); Nakhon Pathom-Hua Hin (165 km); Lop Buri-Pak Nam Pho in Nakhon Sawan (148 km); and Hua Hin-Muang districts in Prachuap Khiri Khan (90 km).

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Summary of HSR northern line phase II: Phitsanulok - Chiang Mai

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Route 3 orange lines is chosen

The lines will go through six provinces and have 5 stations.
  • Sukhothai station
  • Satchanalai station
  • Lampang station
  • Lamphun station
  • Chiang Mai station

The cost will average 2 baht/km and cost 414 baht/trip, which will take 1 hour and 8 minutes.

OTP will present a report to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and to the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP). To follow the procedure and present the results of the study to the Ministry of Transport.

Phitsanulok - Chiang Mai

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China is interested in 3 HSR lines in the first phase, while Japan is interested in Bangkok-Chiang Mai route in the second phase.

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Prayut guarantees transparency of rail deal with China
Petchanet Pratruangkrai The Nation
Beijing November 12, 2014 1:00 am

CHINA HAS agreed to help Thailand build dual-track railway lines and medium-speed train projects via government-to-government deals, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday.

The deal was reached when Prayut met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Beijing.

The project was discussed in the context of the Beijing-sponsored land and maritime "Silk Road" to expand trade routes from China throughout the region and to Europe, he said.

"Chinese leaders said Thailand and China should cooperate on the project to have regional physical links, since we already have the routes, so we just [need to] upgrade and improve them," Prayut told reporters.

"China agreed to cooperate and fully support the development of double 1.435-metre standard-gauge [rail lines] to complete the linkage between China and Asean."

Prayut said his government had plans to build many rail lines and China agreed to support the construction of routes from Bangkok to Nong Khai and from Bangkok to Map Ta Phut, as well as a sub-route from Kaeng Khoi to Map Ta Phut on the Eastern Seaboard.

Prayut guaranteed transparency of the project, saying it was a deal between the two governments without private-sector involvement.

"Of course, many countries are interested in development of rail projects but in other routes, not this one.

"We have to talk to them later," he said.

"What we have to do for the rail system is to increase the length of the rail [lines] and speed of the trains. The single light rail [line], as used currently, must be upgraded to standard gauge and the speed should be 160km/h; for the high-speed trains - 250km/h - we need further study about its viability," he said.

While in Beijing, Prayut also met executives of three Chinese private firms - C&G, China Northern Locomotive, and China Medical Equipment - to exchange views on investment in Thailand.

The three Chinese conglomerates showed considerable interest, while the Thai prime minister said they must ensure fair benefits for Thais and environment protection.

He said he ordered Thai government agencies such as the Board of Investment to study rules, regulations and laws to facilitate investment by the Chinese firms, based on fair practice.

C&G - a leading waste-to-energy investor and operator in China - told Prayut the company wanted to set up a waste-processing plant in Thailand but it faced restrictions on investment capital.

Initially, the firm wanted to invest Bt3 billion in setting up a plant in the Rojana Industrial Estate or Navanakorn Industrial Estate. However, Thailand has a law that restricts investment capital to Bt2 billion.

Prayut said his regime was amending investment-related law for joint-venture firms, so the Chinese firm could wait for the law to be amended soon. He also called for C&G to consider carefully the health of people and environmental impact on nearby areas.

China Northern Locomotive, which has already sold rolling stock to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, also wants to join the Thailand's high-speed-rail project.

Prayut said this project had been negotiated under a government-to-government contract, so China Northern should talk with its government.

China Medical Equipment, meanwhile, said it wanted to build a plant in Thailand in the near future to use as a manufacturing base for exports to third countries. So far, this company has only shipped products to Thailand.

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Old November 19th, 2014, 01:52 PM   #185
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Bangkok - Rayong line ready for construction
193.5km

The EIA study for Bangkok - Rayong line is now done! The line will be given to the cabinet, and will begin construction as soon as it is approved.
  • The line is 193.5km long and cost 1.53 billion baht (466.17 million USD).
  • The travel time will be 1 hour and 10 minutes with a speed of 250km/h.
  • There are 6 stations in total: Lat Krabang (Bangkok), Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Si Racha, Pattaya and Rayong. All elevated and with a tunnel of 300 meters.
  • The economic return (EIRR) will be 13.26% and financial return (FIRE) of 0.26%.
  • The price will be 1 baht per km.
  • Standard gauge 1.435m and with system consistency with european and japanese HSR.

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Old November 25th, 2014, 04:46 PM   #186
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The MoU for the two remaining HSR lines is now approved.
  1. Bangkok - Nakhon Ratchasima and Nakhon Rachasima - Map Ta Put (512 km) : 2015-2020
  2. Nakhon Ratchasima - Nong Khai (355 km) : 2015-2020
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Thai-China rail project MoU approved
Published: 25 Nov 2014 at 19.29
Writer: Online Reporters

The cabinet approved a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Thailand and China for mutual cooperation on the development of the Nong Khai-Map Ta Phut dual-track electric rail route, government spokesman Yongyuth Maiyalarp said Tuesday.

The draft MOU, proposed by the Transport Ministry, will allow China to play a lead role in developing the 1.435-metre standard-gauge railway route, stretching 734km from Nong Khai, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Kaeng Khoi district of Saraburi to Map Ta Phut, Rayong, on the Eastern Seaboard. Another 133km section links Bangkok with Kaeng Khoi.

Mr Yongyuth said the cabinet also approved a proposal to set up a Thailand-China joint committee to push ahead with and thrash out the rail project details. The panel will be jointly chaired by Transport Minister Prajin Juntong and the president of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The approval came after China agreed to lend Thailand cash to construct three dual-track railways as part of a government-to-government deal to boost regional transport links.

The agreement was made at a full-delegation meeting led by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha early this month.

ACM Prajin earlier said the rail project is estimated to cost about 400 billion baht.

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The MoU for the two remaining HSR lines is now approved.
Sorry, Codename B, but I'm a bit confused. The railway lines you mention (and show on the map) seems to include the new connection between Bangkok and Rayong? Yet, in previous communications that line was supposed to be laid out for 250 km/h, but the information you provided has it down as a more modest 180 km/h. Are they planning two separate lines, or one line in mixed usage as highspeed/normal, or have they simply lowered their level of ambition?
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Those maps, which got released this month are a translation of the thai report from a couple of months ago, so the timeframe might be a little off.
e.g. EIA for BKK-Rayong line is already done, while in the map it will be done in 2015.

As of now from the latest news, the Bangkok - Rayong line will have a speed of 250km/h (180km/h in Bangkok area), as they are using the old study from the previous government.

The reason for this speed is because this line is mainly for passenger service, while the other two lines will mainly serve cargos and goods to and from China and down to Map Tha Put port. However design studies for these two lines are not done yet, so the chance of them raising the speed, when the study is done sometimes mid 2015, might be a possibility.

Note: A few months ago they have raised the speed from 160km/h to 180km/h, so we might see that again.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Written by David Briginshaw

THE Chinese government has agreed a soft loan for the construction of standard-gauge double-track lines in Thailand, which currently has a metre-gauge rail network.

The agreement was signed at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Beijing by the Chinese premier Mr Li Keqiang and Thailand's prime minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha. Thailand will repay the loan by supplying rubber and rice to China.
One standard-gauge line will run from Nong Khai on the border with Laos south via Kaeng Khoi where it will split to serve Bangkok and Map Ta Phut in Rayong. There will also be a direct standard-gauge line from Bangkok to Map Ta Phut.

The lines will be operated initially by what the Thais describe as "mid-speed" trains unless feasibility studies confirm that 250km/h operation will be viable.

"We have agreed to build the dual-track rail routes using 1435mm-gauge to improve transport connectivity," Prayut said. "If we don't start construction now, it will prove an obstacle to transport in the future. We have to make a decisive move, otherwise transport development will be delayed and the cost of the project will increase."

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NLA passes MOU for dual-track railway routes

BANGKOK, 4 December 2014 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Thailand and China to construct two dual-track railway routes.

The project is part of Thailand’s infrastructure development plan of 2015-2022 in cooperation with the Chinese government which includes the standard gauge dual-track railways on the 734-kilometer Nong Khai-Korat-Kaeng Khoi-Map Ta Phut Port route and the 133-kilometer Kaeng Khoi-Bangkok route.

Transport Minister ACM Prajin Juntong presented the project, saying it would give rise to Thailand’s first standard gauge dual-track routes and would be jointly executed by Thailand and China in the form of a government-to-government project.

During the debate, several NLA members voiced their support for the MOU, believing the project would decrease logistical costs, reduce accidents and pollution and provide convenience for travelers. However, they noted that the project should take into account the effects on communities and the participation of the private sector while involving specialists to ensure the project’s transparency, timeliness and efficiency. Furthermore, they hoped that a summary of benefits and repercussions would also be presented to the NLA for consideration.

Before concluding his presentation, ACM Prajin added that the MOU was brought to the NLA’s floor for approval in order to demonstrate the project’s transparency and hoped that the project would set a new standard in domestic transportation. Subsequently, the NLA voted 187 in favor of the MOU with 7 abstentions and no objections.

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Rail MoU to be signed during PM's China visit this month

The Nation December 9, 2014 5:57 pm

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will make an official visit to China on December 22-23 when the memorandum of understanding on the dual-track railroad project in Thailand is expected to be signed.

Government spokesman Yongyuth Mayalarp said Tuesday that Prayut had been invited by the Chinese leader.

The agreement is expected to be inked by Transport Minister Prajin Juntong and the president of China's National Development and Reform Commission.

After that a joint task force would be set up and a Chinese team sent to Thailand to conduct the feasibility study.

Construction is expected to commence in 2016 on two standard-gauge parallel railways -the 734-kilometre Nong Khai-Korat-Kaeng Khoi-Map Ta Phut Port line and the 133km Kaeng Khoi-Bangkok line.

The project is part of Thailand's infrastructure development plan for 2015-22.

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Thailand, China sign train investment pact
Published: 19 Dec 2014 at 18.55 Writer: Online Reporters

The long wait for new rail system investments ended on Friday after Thailand and China signed an agreement to build new tracks to fulfill Thailand's ambition to improve its hapless train system.

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (right) smiles in talks with visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang while they witnessed the signing ceremony on the train and agriculture agreements at Government House. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

The memorandum of understanding was signed at Government House by Transport Minister Prajin Juntong and Xu Shaoshi, chairman of the National Development and Reform Council of China. The ceremony was witnessed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

It capped a visit by the Chinese premier who is the most prominent world leader to visit the country since the military seized power on May 22.

Mr Xi will also attend the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) summit in Bangkok on Saturday, along with delegates from Thailand, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

Under the agreement signed on Friday, China will build the country's first standard-gauge tracks on two routes. The first one will run from Nong Khai province to the Map Ta Phut deep-sea port in Rayong province via Nakhon Ratchasima province and Kaeng Khoi district in Saraburi for 734 kilometres. A second 133-kilometre line will run from Kaeng Khoi to Bangkok.

The project will be carried out on a government-to-government basis with further financial details including the construction cost to be discussed, according to Thai government statement.

The lines will consist of 1.435-metre tracks that will enable trains to run at speeds up to 180 kilometres per hour, and can accommodate high-speed trains up to 250km/h in the future. The State Railway of Thailand currently uses the 1-metre gauge system.

The Xinhua news agency on Thursday estimated the construction cost at US$10.6 billion (350 billion baht).

Construction could start in 2016 and be completed in 2022, according to the agreement.

The two countries agreed that preparation should start as soon as possible. ACM Prajin said early this month that it could begin in February.

Gen Prayut has said that the new system will be built for normal trains only but did not rule out a plan to bring high-speed trains to Thailand in the future.

The train project is in line with plans to improve its rail transport and the country's ambition to be the transport hub linking Southeast Asia with China.

China plans to build another line from its southern border to Vientiane in Laos which will connect to the Thai line in Nong Khai

The train deal will foster economic growth between China and Southeast Asia, Yang Yong of the China Railway Corporation told Xinhua.

Gen Prayut will visit China on Monday and Tuesday. While there, he plans to take a high-speed train ride from Beijing to Tianjin, said government spokesman Yongyuth Mayalarp said.

The two countries also signed another agreement on agriculture under which China would buy more farm products from Thailand. Commerce Minister Chatchai Sarikulya signed the deal on behalf of Thailand.

Gen Prayut said before meeting with Mr Li that China would buy 2 million tonnes of Thai rice but did not specify the timeframe of the purchase.

Chutima Bunyapraphasara, the permanent secretary for commerce, said the two countries would hold talks in the future about deliveries.

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Other countries welcome to invest in three other rail routes: Prajin
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The Sunday Nation December 21, 2014 1:00 am

Japan, South Korea and European countries still have an opportunity to invest in Thailand's railway systems - despite the pending 867-kilometre double-track project being allocated to China, Transport Minister Prajin Juntong said yesterday.

Besides the recently approved Nong Khai-Nakhon Ratchasima-Kaeng Khoi-Map Ta Phut (734km) and Kaeng Khoi-Bangkok (133km) routes, which China will be involved in, Prajin says the government plans to construct three more rail routes that offer investment opportunities to other countries.

He said the first line would be built along the East-West Economic Corridor - Mae Sot-Phitsanulok-Phetchabun-Khon Kaen-Mukdahan - and the second route was Phu Nam Ron-Kanchanaburi-Bangkok-Rayong.

Japanese investors may be interested in the third route, from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, he said.

"We will discuss these rail development possibilities with Japan when the new [Japanese] government has taken office," he said at the side of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) summit here.

Prajin said that since the projects were announced in July, many foreign investors had shown an interest, including investors from Japan, South Korea and Europe.

He said the East-West Corridor route was initially going to be a highway but the junta realised a rail system would be a better option logistically.

The rail route was a crucial part of the rail network in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

Prajin said GMS countries had agreed to establish the Greater Mekong Railway Association to coordinate and cooperate on rail systems in the region.

Commenting on the cooperation with China, Prajin said the joint working group - which he would chair - would begin the survey and study work for the project early next year.

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The plan for all HSR lines are now more clear.

China got two of the lines and construction is expected to begin December 1, 2015 as a new year gift for thais. Construction for these two lines will take 3-4 years.
  1. Nongkhai - Korat - Kaeng Khoi - Map Tha Phut (734 km)
  2. Kaeng Khoi - Bangkok (133 km)

Japan is interested in the remaining three lines and negotiation with Japan will be held at the end of this month or february, after Japan has set up its government.
  1. Bangkok - Chiang Mai (749 km)
  2. Tak - Phitsanunoke- Khon khaen - Mukdahan (658 km)
  3. Pu Nam Ron - Kanchanaburi - Bangkok - Rayong (380 km)


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Train construction in Sept: Prajin
Published: 15 Jan 2015 at 19.18
Writer: Amornrat Mahitthirook

The Transport Ministry on Thursday set in motion the first railway investment project with a construction plan tentatively set for a September launch.

The preliminary timetable is included in the roadmap of the railway investment project and unveiled by Transport Minister Prajin Juntong, as Thailand prepares for a series of meetings on the massive infrastructure plan beginning this month.

China was awarded the first 350-billion-baht project in December to build two dual-track lines of the 1.435 metre standard gauge from Nong Khai to the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate via Kaeng Khoi district in Saraburi and from Kaeng Khoi to Bangkok. The total distance is 873 kilometres.

The construction plan is divided into four sectors. The first section is from Bangkok to Kaeng Khoi totaling 133km. The second sector of 246km is from Kaeng Khoi to Map Ta Phut. The third section running 138km is from Kaeng Khoi to Nakhon Ratchasima. The fourth sector covering 355km starts in Nakhon Ratchasima and ends in Nong Khai.

ACM Prajin said construction of the first two sections could begin in September and would be ready for service in December 2017. Construction on the third and fourth sectors would begin in December this year and be completed in March 2018.

The project is split into four sectors to speed up the work, he added.

Details of the plan and other issues will be thrashed out in talks between Thai and Chinese officials beginning this month.

The officials will meet for the first time on Jan 20 and 21 in a joint steering committee after signing the train agreement in December in Bangkok. The committee will centre on plans to survey the route and related studies.

Deputy Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said the new lines would mostly run parallel to the present tracks to save on construction costs.

The second meeting on Feb 5 and 7 will focus on financial and investment issues.

Mr Arkhom said the form of investments remained open, including an option on a joint investment with China, the setting up of an infrastructure fund, a state budget and a plan to mobilise money from the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

One clear condition is that Thailand will take full responsibility for train services, he added.

Officials are now collecting information on Thai construction firms which could join the lucrative project.

The partnership between Thai and Chinese companies will be concluded for approval in the third round of meetings scheduled for Feb 25-27, according to ACM Prajin.

The new tracks will double train speed to 160km per hour and are part of the plan to project Thailand as a transport hub in Southeast Asia.

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Investment plan for Thai - China railway to be concluded on 1 March 2015 after the meeting on 25-27 February 2015

The construction will be 2 phases
1. BKK (Bangsue Central) - kaen Khoi - 133 km and Kaeng Khoi - Maptaphut (246.5 km) - construction started on 1 September 2015 and opened in December 2017 - preferably 5 Dec 2017 for a good reason
2. Kaeng Khoi - Nakhon Ratchasima (138.5 km) and Nakhon Ratchasima - Nong Khai (355 km) - construction started on 1 December 2015 and opened in March 2018

Thai contractors need to make a contract with Chinese contractors who have technology to speed up the construction to be done at such a high speed - at least 15 Chinese companies are qualified according to Thai contractors while Chinese section has 5 railway companies and subsidiary to handle contraction - signal and EMUs

There are many choice of investment - 100% loan in Yuan denomination, Joint venture or Chinese investment first and Thai government paying back - which section Thai government can invest and the relating budgets and loan + mutual funds to finance the project will be discussed later even though it is a big must to use Chinese signals and EMUs but it has to deal with Dong Phraya Yen section [Kaeng Khoi - Pakchong - 55 km] when they are going to construct the line to Khorat while the traffic has to be handled by Thai Railway men of SRT

However, TDRI raising a concern that there is no proper bidding and the way to construct the line within short period of time is quite expensive - to measure to handle the cost overrun issue - need to reveal all investment plans including the loan and string attached - no bidding means no bargaining
http://www.bangkokbiznews.com/home/d...%E0%B8%99.html
http://news.voicetv.co.th/thailand/155424.html
http://www.dailynews.co.th/Content/e...%9B%E0%B8%B561
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Sino-Thai railway route on track to start this year 873km line estimated to cost at least B350bn
Published: 16 Jan 2015 at 06.00
Writer: Amornrat Mahitthirook

Construction of four sections of a double-track rail route under joint development by Thailand and China are to start this year, according to plans announced by Transport Minister ACM Prajin Juntong Thursday.

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Two sections are expected to be ready in 2017 and the others in 2018, he said.

The minister was speaking after a preparation meeting for talks with Chinese counterparts scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in Bangkok on the joint development of the double-track railways.

Construction of the first two sections — a 133km track from Bangkok to Kaeng Khoi and a 246.5km track between Kaeng Khoi and Map Ta Phut — will begin in September this year, and services on the two sections will begin in December 2017, according to the minister.

The two other sections — a 138.5km track between Kaeng Khoi and Nakhon Ratchasima and a 355km track from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai — will be built from December this year, and services will commence in March 2018.

The route is divided into four sections to serve quick exploration and design, ACM Prajin said.

The 873km rail project is estimated to cost 350 billion baht. However, he said the sum could change pending the land survey. If new land is needed for the project, land expropriation expenses would rise.

According to ACM Prajin, the Transport Ministry-based administration office governing the project, headed by permanent secretary for transport Soithip Traisuth, is assigned to design rail and signal systems.

It will also explore land, deal with the environmental impact, take care of utilities as well as handle the public relations campaign in a bid to move the project forward smoothly, he said.

The project will kick off on March 1 with officials being sent to explore land where the route is planned to go through, he said.

The minister said the project must run in line with the framework so it will achieve the planned target.

Speaking about the talks with Chinese counterparts next week, ACM Prajin said details of the projects, including the land survey, construction plans and the time frame for each job, along with the proportions of domestic and foreign investment, will be made clear.

The minister said 12-15 Thai companies which have experience in various fields are being sought out to take part in the project, while Chinese counterparts will conclude the list of developers from five Chinese state enterprises.

The firms will be weighed up and selected to proceed with the project, he said, adding that the conclusion of the matter will be known at a third meeting on Feb 25-27.

Thailand and China last month also signed an agreement to construct the 734km Nong Khai-Nakhon Ratchasima-Kaeng Khoi-Map Ta Phut rail line and a 133km track from Kaeng Khoi to Bangkok.

Deputy Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said the first meeting will pave the way for the establishment of a joint steering committee, which will lay out the schedule of work and designs and conduct a project expenses appraisal.

He noted that train carriage technology will employ the Chinese system, while track design will be made to comply with the Thai topography since it may be necessary for the sections to go through mountain tunnels.

The first talks could also touch upon human resources development and technology sharing on railway construction and operation.

Mr Arkhom said a sub-committee assigned to make decisions on finance sources and type of investment will have to conduct a study to find the most suitable type of investment and method for the optimum benefit of the country.

The sub-committee must conclude laying out the details before the second meeting on Feb 5-7.

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Even Chinese correspondents starting to pay attention to such a sudden plan of Junta by Big Jin:
Thailand to build railway project with China in September (泰交通部长预计中泰铁路9月动工 计划两年半内完工)
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BANGKOK -- Thailand has tentatively decided to begin building its first standard-gauge railways in cooperation with China in September, Transport Minister Prajin Juntong said on Thursday.
Two dual-track rail lines, with a total length of more than 800 km, will be built to connect northeast Thailand's Nong Khai province, Bangkok and eastern Rayong province.
The entire project is divided into four sections, and work on the first two sections, which span 133 km and 246 km respectively, will start in September and conclude in December 2017, Prajin was quoted by Bangkok Post as saying.
The third and fourth sections, totaling 493 km, are expected to commence in December this year and ends in March 2018, he added.
Thai and Chinese officials will meet to talk about details of the plan and other issues, according to the minister.
The first round of meetings between the two sides will take place next week and center on plans to survey the route and related studies.
The second round, scheduled for early February, will focus on financial and investment issues, while the third in late February will discuss the partnership between Thai and Chinese companies, Prajin said.
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I have a question, let say China build one HSR route and Japan build one, are they finalise train set to use ?
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