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Old March 9th, 2013, 03:08 PM   #221
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Gains seen in infrastructure
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The Nation March 9, 2013 1:00 am



The government yesterday kicked off the Thailand 2020 Connecting the World exhibition, which highlights its plan to spend about Bt2 trillion on overall infrastructure development. The event is being held from March 8 to 12 at the Government Complex, Chaen

Boost from mega scheme spending to be seen in 10 years

The government's proposed Bt2-trillion investment on infrastructure, if implemented, could boost the per capita income of Thais to US$10,000 (Bt300,000) per year from the present $5,000 per year within the next 10 years, according to the Fiscal Policy Research Institute Foundation.

Kanit Sangsubhan, director of the foundation, said that if the country spent an average of Bt200 billion to Bt300 billion per year, it would add half a percentage point annually to economic growth, meaning gross domestic product would expand by 5.5 per cent per year on average.

This massive investment would also help boost the economic growth of neighbouring countries, as they would have to make investments on their own infrastructure to catch up with Thailand. If the neighbours' economies expand, this will also bring benefits back to Thailand. Therefore, such investment would be a boon for the region.

Kanit said the planned investment comes at the right time given low interest rates of about 3-5 per cent for loans. The Finance Ministry has also confirmed that public debt will not surge beyond the ceiling of 50 per cent of GDP.

He added that one of the points one should pay attention to was whether the investment would be carried out in a transparent manner.

"If we don't invest now, we will lose the opportunity. So what we should be worried about now is not whether the investment will be made but that it might not happen," he said.

He expects the investment early next year as the Bt2-trillion bill is expected to be passed by Parliament in the third or fourth quarter of this year.

Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said Thailand was ready to invest in infrastructure because of the low public debt and high liquidity.

Somchai Sujjapongse, director-general of the Fiscal Policy Office, said the investment would help improve the living quality of Thais, as well as the country's credit rating, as per capita income would increase by 1 per cent per annum on average.

He said the infrastructure investment would be small in the first year but would increase significantly in the three to four years after that, and would also encourage an increase in investment by the private sector, as well as trading and consumption. Such investment would help the country to save energy.

"We don't see much negative impact from the investment. There would be a surge in public debt as well as the current-account deficit, but it would be positive for the economy. Inflation would go up but it would be at an acceptable level," he said.

Chularat Suteethorn, director-general of the Public Debt Management Office, affirmed that the investment would not increase the level of public debt to exceed the fiscal-sustainability framework. It would stand at not higher than 50 per cent of GDP in the next seven years.

Meanwhile, the cost of loans would be at a lower level as government bonds with a 10-year term offered 3.6-per-cent interest, and 4.2-4.4 per cent for bonds with long-term maturity of between 30 and 50 years.

She said the public debt stood at 45 per cent of GDP as of January. Of that, 93 per cent was domestic debt. Compared with developed countries, Thailand has a low level of public debt. In Japan, the public debt is now 200 per cent of GDP, and 170 per cent in the United States. In Malaysia, a developing nation, the public debt is 53 per cent of GDP.

Meanwhile, the Transport Ministry is aiming to make Thailand the regional aviation hub in the next five years.

Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt said at a separate event yesterday that Thailand should start realising within five years the goal of becoming the hub in aviation, flight connection and maintenance, aircraft-parts production, and training of personnel.

He said Thailand's aviation infrastructure was ranked 28th in the world. The state aviation agencies can also borrow funding by themselves to finance the expansion of infrastructure such as the second phase of Suvarnabhumi Airport at a cost of Bt60 billion by Airports of Thailand or the investment on air-traffic management at a cost of Bt4 billion by Aeronautical Radio of Thailand.

But he added that such agencies would have to prepare to deal with the fast-changing industry amid the low-cost-airline boom, which has prompted high traffic and increased passenger numbers.

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They always show the proposed HSR using images of trains in China's CRH paint scheme, are they hinting it's a done deal the system will be Chinese?
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No, it's just a pic, however China will probably get one of the lines.
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Pattaya high-speed link on track for 2018
Published: 12 Mar 2013 at 00.00

The government is aiming to complete the country's first high-speed train between Bangkok and Pattaya by 2018.

Chula: Projects to cut 2 per cent from logistics bill

Three other lines linking the capital with Phitsanulok, Nakhon Ratchasima and Hua Hin are also scheduled to be completed the following year.

The planned four high-speed rail routes are part of infrastructure projects under the 2-trillion-baht borrowing plan to be tabled before the cabinet for its approval next Tuesday.

Barring any problems, the bill will be forwarded to parliament by the end of this month for final approval, with a target to complete all projects in seven years.

Other key projects to be financed with borrowing under the bill include 10 mass transit projects, dual track railways and road projects which have undergone environmental impact analyses.

Of the total borrowing, 1.65 trillion baht will be spent on railway development, 30.7 billion baht on water transport system development, 243 billion baht on road development, and 12.19 billion baht on road checkpoint development.

Chula Sookmanob, director of the Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning Office, said the government expected to invite bids for the four high-speed trains in September. Bidders will be required to specify their technology for the train in the bidding contest to enable the government to project the construction cost. Interest is expected from Japan, China, South Korea, France, Germany and Spain.

Mr Chula said the government will establish a new organisation before September to manage the high-speed links.

He said the government hopes to be able to reduce the country's logistics costs by at least 2 per cent after all projects featured in the bill are completed.

The country's logistics costs stood at 1.75 billion baht in 2012 against its gross domestic product of 11.5 trillion baht in the same year.

The projects could also reduce fuel costs by at least 100 billion baht a year and cut travelling time between Bangkok and the provinces within a 300km radius to 90 minutes from three hours.

PM's Office Minister Varathep Ratanakorn said the government would meet state agencies on Friday to make sure it can clearly answer questions about the projects that may be raised in parliament.

Earlier report: High speed train to Pattaya in 5 years
The government has extended an exhibition on the projects by another four days to Saturday to make sure the public are informed about them, he said.

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva reiterated Monday he disagreed with the borrowing plan.

Mr Abhisit visited the exhibition with deputy leader Korn Chatikavanij and party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut Monday at the Government Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road.

They were accompanied by Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong and Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt.

Mr Abhisit said the projects could be implemented through the original 300-billion-baht plan using the annual budget since some of them are already included in ongoing development plans. He cited dual-track railways as an example.

He also said the planned high-speed railways should be extended to Nong Khai and Malaysia instead of ending at Nakhon Ratchasima and Hua Hin.


Map shows the four high-speed rail projects currently in the planning stage, with the red line to Pattaya to be built within five years.

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Thai railways set eyes on dual track system

BANGKOK, March 14 – A seven-year scheme for a dual track rail system, to be developed by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), will change the face of the nation, a senior official said today.

SRT Governor Prapas Chongsa-nguan said the government is issuing a bill to seek Bt2 trillion in loans for the project to connect Thailand from Chiang Khong district of northernmost Chiang Rai province to the southernmost town of Padang Besar, and the northeastern province of Nong Khai with neighbouring Lao PDR.

The dual track rail links will connect Thailand with southern China and the wider Southeast Asian region, he said.

Of the 4,000km rail lines in Thailand, only 300km are currently dual track, and the SRT will have to build additional 2,857km of dual track to cover 53 provinces, he said.

With the dual-track system in full operation in the next seven years, the SRT will be capable of transporting goods at 50 million tonnes/year and service 75 million passengers/year, he said.

Mr Prapas said the present single track system compels cargo trains to run at an average 30km/hour as they have to switch tracks along the way.

The dual track system will increase their speed to 90km/hour and industrialists will possibly switch to train service which cuts their logistics costs, he said.

Thailand’s present logistics cost is 15.2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) while the government has set a target to reduce it by at least 2 per cent in the next seven year. (MCOT online news)

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Thailand gears up for massive high-speed train project
10:12 PM 17 March 2013
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Thailand is poised to place its economic growth aboard a $60bn high-speed train project which could help drag the Asian country out of the middle-income trap.

Tomorrow, the cabinet is expected to accept a bill to allow the government to raise 2.2tn baht ($73.3bn) in off-budget spending on infrastructure investments over the next seven years, 80% of which is destined for new railways linking Bangkok to the provinces.

The legislation would then need approval from parliament, which is expected by the end of the month. The special law is controversial as it allows the Finance Ministry to borrow above the annual budget, despite rules that limit public debt to less than 60% of gross domestic product.

“There is a danger that the law will become a loophole,” said former finance minister Chalongphob Sussangkarn, a senior economist at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). “It bypasses all the fiscal discipline in the system.”

The new law also raises transparency questions.

“If it is off-budget, there is no parliamentary scrutiny, so the disbursement procedures can become lax and fiscal prudence goes out of the window,” said Korn Chatikavanij, another former finance minister and deputy leader of the opposition Democrat Party.

Korn said the government’s normal budget could cover the 2.2tn-baht expenditure for the project that most parties seem to agree is necessary. A high-speed rail link between Bangkok and Nong Khai in north-eastern Thailand was a key campaign promise of the Democrat Party for the 2010 election.

“The infrastructure investments will not only increase GDP by an average of 1% per year but also create 500,000 jobs,” Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said recently. The Finance Ministry has predicted the trains will help lift the country out of the middle-income trap - in which a country’s economy stagnates before it becomes wealthy - by 2020.

The railways project is also expected to cut national fuel costs by 300bn baht ($10bn) a year and create new domestic trade routes.

It would eventually link Thailand to China via a $7bn high-speed railway planned through landlocked Laos, and through Malaysia to Singapore.

According to the initial plan, the high-speed tracks will be built parallel to existing rails operated by the state railway authority from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Hua Hin and Pattaya.

“I think we will start them all at the same time,” Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt said. “We will start bidding in the third of fourth quarter, and construction begins next year.”

The project’s success will hinge on the performance of Chadchart, a former professor of civil engineering at Chulalongkorn University who was appointed minister in October.

Chadchart has come with a clean reputation to a ministry regarded as corrupt. “The biggest credit I would give this government is for giving this job to Chadchart. He’s a very good guy,” Korn said. “If he stands firm, and makes sure no politicians make money from this, that’s very good news for the country.”

So far, only Japanese and Chinese firms have expressed serious interest in the high-speed train project. “I haven’t heard anything from the German firms,” Chadchart said.

One problem Chadchart faces is what to do with State Railways of Thailand (SRT), the 122-year-old enterprise that is losing about 10bn baht a year.

“If the new high-speed trains are run by the SRT, it’s going to be a complete disaster,” Chalongphob said.

The TDRI, which researched the feasibility of the high-speed rail project last year, concluded that it would benefit the country if the government insisted that international bidders include local parts in the trains. That would protect Thailand from becoming totally dependent on imports to keep the trains going in the future.

“I think there is a conjunction of interests to make this project happen, but the question is whether it will be worth it for Thailand,” Chalongphob said.

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It's a good plan and to be supported, but it would be better if they didn't overblow the economic benefits. It will help for sure, but good infrastructure alone will not make any middle income country join the ranks of the developed world. That is notoriously difficult to do and has mostly to do with ability to shift to production of higher added value goods and services (or be lucky to sit on the enormous pool of oil...) and that in turn needs well educated workforce coupled with good laws and solid infrastructure (roads, rail, electricity, water etc). Rich neighbours help as well (that is the case for some poorer EU countries).
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4 Line of High Speed train though 21 provinces according to government propaganda at Chaeng Watthana government complex with the total price tag of 753.105 Billion Baht which can be
given details as follows:

1. Bangkok (Bangsue Central) - Chiang Mai - 745 km - with a price tag of 387.821 billion Baht
2. Bangkok (Bangsue Central) -Nakhon Ratchasima -256 km - with a price tag of 140.855 billion Baht
3. Bangkok (Bangsue Central) - Hua Hin -225 km - with a price tag of 123.798 billion Baht
4. Airport Link extension - Suvannabhum - Pataya - Rayong 100.631 billion Baht

However, there will be 100 billion Baht extra payment for Nakhon Ratchasima - Nong Khai section

Now, MOT decided to pick up route 5 that go from Bangsue to Phitsanuloke on existing railway land and then from Phitsanuloke to Sukhothai, Sri Satchanalai, and wang Chin before going along the old route [almost] to Lampang, lamphun and Chiang Mai and may even force the route from chiang mai to Chiang Rai which raise my suspect whether they are going to play shenanigan on the forest around Wang Chin. In my Honest opinion, route from Bangsue to Sukhothai has no objection but I prefer to have the route from Sukothai to Sawankhaloke and then heading to Ban Dara, to follow the existing route to Uttaradit [or Sila At] before finding the new route to Denchai and then heading to Lampang, Lamphun and Chiang Mai .... with the total distance of 661 km, 12 station (Bangsue, Donmueang, Ayutthaya, Lopburi, Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, Phisanuloke, Sukhothai, Srisatchanalai, Lampang Lamphun and Chaing mai with land exappropriation of 5835 Rai on 1750 land plots with compensation of 7.002 billion Baht and construction cost of 404.426 billion Baht (total 411.427 Billion Baht)

For the matter relating to the line from Bangsue to Hua Hin, they said after the line has reached Nakhon Chaisri, it will follow the Nakhon Pathom - Cha Am motorway which come out of Nowhere but they insist that it has passed EIA .... to reach Pak Tho and then it will go along existing railway route [except the section sharp curve in Phetburi] all the way to Hua Hin neat Soi Hua Hin 100 ...

That's the real upset for MOT decides merely to shorten the distance from 225 km to 190 km,and cut down the budget from 123.798 Billion Baht to 110 Billion Baht with land exappropriation of 250 rai, 1500 land plots, and compensation of 9.6 billion Baht , but they have deprived the right of those who live in Muang District of Nakhon pathom and Muang District of Rajburi [another dropping point to Kanchanaburi other than ban Pong] to get direct access to High Speed train and the stations for Nakhon pathom at nakhon Chaisri and station for Rajburi at New Pak Tho are too far away - Real SHAME indeed!

For the matter relating to High Speed train to Khorat and Nong Khai, there are 4 sections

1. the first 84 km - Bangsue - Ban Phachi - sharing the track with the Northern line - so the line MUST be double track with station at Bangsue, Donmueang Ayutthaya
2. the next 168 km section from Ban Phachi to Nakhon Ratchasima via Saraburi, Pak Chong, and Nakhon rachasima with price tag of 104.6 billion Baht
3. the next 356 km section from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai via Bua yai, Ban Phai, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Nong Khai with price tag of 144.363 billion Baht through most of existing route.
4. the last section - 100 km section from Chachoengsao to Saraburi via Nakhon Nayok (or Ongkharak) with the price tag of 63.290 Billion Baht - seem not to follow Kaeng Khoi - Klong 19 section though.


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One high-speed bidder to rule them all

Published: 20 Mar 2013 at 17.51

The government will select just one firm from all bidders to run four high-speed train lines, probably by the third quarter of the year, Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt said on Wednesday.

The minister said bids will cover trains and their signal systems. Bidding on civil work will follow, he added.

Train manufacturers from China, Japan, Spain, South Korea and France have so far shown interest in building and running high-speed trains. There are high-speed trains in all five countries.

Mr Chadchat said the government will select only one winner to operate the four lines. The government "does not want to have four different systems of the high-speed train on four routes because that could mean high maintenance costs," he said. "So only one firm will be selected."

The first four lines to be put to bids will run from Bangkok to Pattaya, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Ratchasima and Hua Hin.

Once it is running, the eastern train to Pattaya will be extended to Rayong and probably Chanthaburi and Trat. Long range plans call for other extensions as well. The northern train will be further built from Phitsanulok to Chiang Mai; Nong Khai is already planned to be the eventual terminus of the Northeast route from Nakhon Ratchasima, and the line to Hua Hin will go further south to Padang Besar in Songkhla province, at the Malaysia border.

The government expects the country's first high-speed train between Bangkok and Pattaya to be running by 2018. The lines to Phitsanulok, Nakhon Ratchasima and Hua Hin are scheduled to be completed in 2019.

High-speed train plans are central to the government's two-trillion baht scheme for megaprojects to improve infrastructure.

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Board approves double-track rail

Published: 26 Mar 2013

State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has approved the urgent implementation of projects to develop a double-track railway on five routes totalling 767km after two years of delay.

Transport deputy permanent secretary Soithip Trisuddhi, chairman of the SRT's board of directors, said urgent project approval will allow the state-enterprise to build the tracks in parallel with the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report being reviewed.

This way the SRT can call for construction bids on routes as they are approved by the EIA without waiting for the completion of the study on all routes first.

The five routes are:

132km Mab Kabao-Chira Road Station;

165km Nakhon Pathom - Nong Pla Duk - Hua Hin;

118km Lop Buri - Pak Nampho;

185km Nakhon Ratchasima - Khon Kaen; and

167km Prachuap Khiri Khan - Chumphon.

The SRT will review all legal aspects before submitting the decision to the Transport Ministry and later to the cabinet for approval.

She said if the cabinet approves, the SRT will work on the projects' details and the EIA, but she could not be specific about a timeframe for the calling of construction tenders for the work.

The budget for the project will come from the government's two-trillion-baht loan programme, shifting it from an earlier allocated budget of 176 billion baht for infrastructure development formerly approved by cabinet for the SRT.

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Infrastructure bill sails through
Govt plans special May session to fast-track law

Published: 30 Mar 2013 at 00.00

After two full days of heated debate, the House of Representatives last night voted to approve the first reading of the government's 2-trillion-baht infrastructure loan bill.



The 36-member committee now gets just 30 days to scrutinise the bill before it proceeds to its next reading.

The bill sailed through with 284 votes in favour with 152 against and 21 abstentions. After winning approval, the government proposed that the bill be scrutinised within 15 days but later agreed to the opposition leader's proposal to lengthen the period to 30 days to give more time for the committee to go through it.

The first meeting of the scrutiny committee is scheduled for Tuesday.

The 30-day scrutiny period means the process will not be completed before the end of the current parliamentary session on April 20.

However, the government intends to fast-track enactment of the bill by submitting it for its second and third readings when parliament opens for a special session in late May to consider the 2014 Budget Bill, chief government whip Amnuay Khlangpha said.

Before the vote yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said the government would not use the fiscal budget to finance infrastructure overhaul projects as requested by the opposition parties, led by the Democrats, because, if it did, it would not have sufficient funds left over for other areas of development.

Mr Kittiratt also said the calculation of the interest payments for the 2 trillion baht in borrowing, estimated at 3 trillion baht over the next 50 years, was based on a conservative approach with a rate of about 5%, higher than the rate now.

Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt said high-speed railways need government investment because they face many risks initially. When the railways are running well, the private sector can take part in building extensions.

He also said that the extension phase of the high-speed railway route from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai will definitely be constructed if the government wins a second term in office and it will be completed simultaneously with the Bangkok-Chiang Mai route. He assured that the high-speed train plan of the government is feasible.

Regarding the high fares of high-speed trains, the transport minister explained that they target a different group of passengers to conventional trains. He said the government would lay double-track railway lines to improve conventional train services.

During the debate, Democrat MP for Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thepthai Senapong, complained that the high-speed train project would terminate at Hua Hin district in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

He accused the government of discriminating against people in the South, a Democrat stronghold.

He said discrimination against southern residents has continued since the administration of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Democrat MP for Phuket Anchalee Vanich blasted the government for prioritising political gains ahead of national interests.

She said the previous Democrat government planned to develop a high-speed rail line from Nong Khai to Padang Besar in Malaysia via Bangkok.

This would make more sense than the government's planned routes to Rayong and Chiang Mai because more than 2 million tourists visit Thailand each from China and Malaysia, Ms Anchalee said.

She accused the government of kowtowing to its northern political support base by planning a Bangkok-Chiang Mai high-speed link.

Ms Anchalee said she did not oppose the rail link to Chiang Mai, but the government should first consider other routes. She noted that the number of visitors to Chiang Mai was smaller than to Chon Buri, and the value of tourism to Chiang Mai was far less than to the southern provinces of Krabi and Phuket.

Democrat MP for Phitsanulok, Juti Krairiksh, also questioned why the government had increased the cost estimates for high-speed railways from about 300 million baht per kilometre to 600 million baht.

He said high-speed railways in Spain cost only about 300 million baht per kilometre to build, even though daily wages in Europe were more than 10 times those of Thailand.

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Cross-border rail repairs set for e-auction

Published: 3 Apr 2013

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will hold an e-auction next Wednesday to repair a stretch of damaged track connecting Thailand with Cambodia, Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt said yesterday.

The railway agency estimated the project will cost 2.8 billion baht, including the cost of repairs to the 6-kilometre stretch of track from Aranyaprathet station to Klong Luek, opposite Poipet in Cambodia.

The project will also include improvements to the track from Klong Sip Kao station to Aranyaprathet.

Mr Chadchat said a bridge between Klong Luek and Poipet also needs to be upgraded. The government plans to negotiate an agreement with Cambodia to share the costs.

The announcement followed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's pledge on Saturday to speed up improvements to railway links with Cambodia.

The Aranyaprathet-Klong Luek section has been unused for almost three decades.

The SRT will have to evict 50 households that are encroaching on an area near the tracks to carry out the repairs.

The Klong Luek-Poipet checkpoint is the main overland crossing between Thailand and Cambodia.

About 20,000 people cross the border every day and trade through the checkpoint is worth about 50 million baht every year.

Mr Chadchat said the repaired tracks will bolster tourism and trade ties between the countries.

The 1-metre-gauge tracks will connect with the Cambodian railway that leads to Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

Cambodia meanwhile is improving its 337km line from Phnom Penh to Poipet and expects to have it done at some point in 2015, the Phnom Penh Post reported.

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SRT asking for 15 Billion Baht more for red line commuter
Dailynews - Sunday 25 August 2013 at 8:50 PM

SRT begging the government to lend SRT 15 billion Baht for red line commuter in the following manner:
1. Adding the 4th track since the original design of 3 tracks is no longer enough
2. Major expansion of Bangsue Central for High Speed train which require the longer platform from 200 meter to 600 meter

This implied that SRT needs to pay 15 billion Baht in the following manner
1) Extra 10 billion Baht more for the 1st contract with STECON - Unique from 29 billion Baht to 39 billion Baht due to the extra work on Major expansion of Bangsue Central for High Speed train and
2) Extra 5 billion Baht for the 1st contract with ITD PCL from 21 billion Baht to 26 billion Baht due to adding the 4th track from Bangsue to Rangsit for capacity expansion since just the original 3 tracks have found to be not enough for the trend of symmetric railway traffic

MOT is going to ask NSTDB about the extra 15 billion Baht issue ... while MOT asking SRT to give the explanation to the society about this 15 billion Baht extra expenditure despite of the fact that it is the government policy behind the movements for major expansion at the first place. Need the mediators to deal with the appropriate price for this major expansion which is to be concluded next week.

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After adding more 4 tracks ,Bangsue Grand Central will have 28 tracks separted as:
4 tracks for red line commuter train
4 tracks for airport link train
8 tracks for high-speed train
12 tracks for long distance train


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Government puts priority on Thai railway system development

August 8, 2013, at 0830hrs, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gave policies on Thai railway system development and observed the exhibitions on “Thailand 2020” and “Railway…Thai People’s Route of Happiness and Pride”. Participating in the event were Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittirat Na Ranong, Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt, Deputy Transport Minister General Prin Suwanatat, Deputy Finance Minister Thanusak Lekuthai, Government Spokesperson Teerat Ratanasevi, Deputy Government Spokesperson Pakdiharn Himathongkham, Permanent Secretary of Transport Ministry, Governor of State Railway of Thailand, permanent-secretary-leveled government officials, executives and staff of State Railway of Thailand, and media.

PM Yingluck stated that Office of the Civil Service Commission (OCSC) is organizing a workshop of permanent-secretary-leveled government officials during August 8-9, 2013 in Hua Hin, Prachuab Kirikhan. This is a chance to talk about the future of Thai railway and 2-trillion Baht investment project which is still in the process of submission to the House of Representatives for its deliberation. The project is aimed to develop national infrastructure in transportation and logistics to bring in not only routes but also prosperity to different areas in the country. Although train had been the first choice for transportation in the past, it has become less preferred as a mean of transportation. This is because Thailand has not been investing in infrastructure project in transportation for a long period of time which resulted in loss of competitive advantage and overseas investment.

According to PM Yingluck, the Government has put priority in the policy on national railway development which will be supported through a Government budget and an implementation under the draft Act empowering Ministry of Finance to acquire loans for infrastructure development in national transportation in order to stabilize national economy as well as to upgrade the people’s quality of life. National infrastructure development in transportation is, therefore, pushed forward under the following 3 strategies:

Strategy I: Decrease road transportation and promote more rail transportation by increasing efficiency of the existing railroad system to make it more convenient, faster, and safer.

Strategy II: Increase transport agility, shorten period of travel and logistics, increase security, increase access of the people to railroad system, reduce disparity and upgrade the people’s quality of life through development of dual-gauge railways, high-speed railroad system development, and construction of new routes to various regions.

Strategy III: Connect the whole country, open door to and strengthen relations with the neighboring countries, increase investment opportunity, increase border trade volume, and promote Thailand as the ASEAN Hub.

With these 3 strategies, the Government is confident to enhance Thailand’s competitiveness in the global stage, as well as to spread domestic prosperity wherever the trains lead to, reduce disparity, increase opportunity, and bring happiness to the people from all over the country.

PM Yingluck, then, observed the exhibitions on “Thailand 2020” and “Railway…Thai People’s Route of Happiness and Pride” before riding a special train from Bangkok up to Nakhon Pathom province.

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