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Old November 25th, 2015, 07:59 AM   #441
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็Here is the 2nd MOU for 574 km Thai - Japan Lower East – West Corridor railways [Phu Namron - Kanchanaburi - BKK and BKK - Laem Chabang and BKK - Aranyaprathet] to be signed during the Japan visit by deputy PM Somkid and MoT Arkhom on 25-28 Nov 2015


this MOU is about the construction of the new rails as well as the development of the existing rails to get the medium term done in 2nd quarter of 2016 - there will a test of cargo traffic by the end of early 2016 which SRT will have to set up SPV company with Japanese partners to construct the new 30 km track from Ban Khao Stop to Phu Namron checkpoint and the new 6 km track from Aranyaprathet to the Border Bridge across Phrom Hode canal at Klong Luek commune, Aranyraprathet district of Sa kaew .. at the time being, the existing track will have to be rehabilitated or strengthened to allow heavy cargo train before building the new tracks for the missing links and the final bypass routes to avoid city center areas for cargo trains. Once traffics for both cargo train and passenger trains have been built up, massive double tracking and electrification will be applied.
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Old November 25th, 2015, 01:13 PM   #442
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the results from the public hearing on 22 km Airport link extension to Donmueang which include Bangsue central to Donmueang (14 km) has shown that
1. ONLY Donmueang station of Airport Link will be built due to the issue about Thai - China Railway and Thai - Japanese railway which have to be settled by building the separated tracks while Bang Central will reserve a few necessary platform for Airport Link (both Express line and City Line
2. Red line commuter will function as a feeder from Donmueang station to Bangsue Central at the time being so the passengers can take a ride from the stations between Donmueang station and Bangsue Central before taking a ride to Airport Link
3. Construction will start in 2017 with a hope to open the service in 2022
4. Ticket rate will be 13 + 2 x No. of travelling distance in km.
5. For those who take Airport city line between Donmueang to Suvannabhum, the ticket will be 80 Baht
6. For those who take Airport Express between Donmueang to Suvannabhum, the ticket will be 100 Baht
7. the targeted amount of passengers will be 222300 passengers a day in 2022 and 355000 passengers a day in 2052
8. For the case of Airport City Line, the travel time from Suvannabhum International Airport to Donmueang International Airport is 41 minutes while the travel time from Suvannabhum International Airport to Bangsue Central is 32 minutes - However, Airport City Line service generally terminates at Bangsue Central - will run to Donmueang International Airport during the Morning and Evening Rush Hour ONLY
9. For the case of Airport Express, it will run from Suvannabhum International Airport to Donmueang International Airport in 33 Minutes
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Need to install 42 benches at 4 stations of airport link
(22 benches for Makkasan station, 6 benches for Ram Khamhaeng station, 8 benches for Hua Mark station and 6 benches for Lad Krabang station) to deal with rising demands - reaching 75,351 passengers on 13 Nov 2015
http://www.thairath.co.th/content/541927
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Old November 26th, 2015, 05:54 AM   #443
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Hope to open the 44.5 km electrified double tracking from Hatyai to Padang Besar with a price tag of 12,169 million Baht by the end of 2021 according to the plan with 6 pairs of passenger trains and 4 pairs of cargo trains in year 2021 and 16 pairs of passenger trains and 7 pairs of cargo trains in year 2051 - 3.5 million Passengers a year + 1.5 million tons of cargo a year - take 26 minutes from Hatyai to Padang Besar though - due the way to deal with 33 level crossings along the routes - going to use 25 KVC electric power for electric traction

Just need land exappropriation around 22 Rai (9 acres) at km 967 at Thung Moh commune, Sadao district of Songkla for curve correcting
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Old November 27th, 2015, 07:41 AM   #444
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50 Complete Units Diesel Electric Locomotives (AC – AC) for Metre Gauge Track as per SRT Specification No.SD – 29/2555 Revision 7 and Appendix 1 Drawings & Appendix 2 Air Conditioning & Appendix 3 Technical Description of Supplies for Locomotive Simulator & Appendix 4 Customer Satisfaction Statement Form and Tender Schedule, Appendix 5 Spare parts, consumables and special tools List with the mean price of 6,151,000,000.00 Baht to replace the good old GEK locos
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Old November 28th, 2015, 11:38 PM   #445
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For the issue of reviving 29 km Hatyai - Songkla line, the new Songkla railway terminus is at km 958 + 100 whcih will be an elevated station - just before reaching the old Songkla railway terminus at km 958 + 293 which has become museum.

There will be Khao Roob Chang station at km 953+900 not far from Rajaphat University and Thaksin University - There will be 7 station along 29 km route and there will be a chord line to connect with the Southern line following the old chord line which has been removed since 1922.
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Old November 29th, 2015, 05:00 PM   #446
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The status now for SRT Trains Procurement plan.

The procurement for 50 Diesel Electric Locomotives with axle load of 16 tons had been announced and will be up for bidding in March 14, 2016

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Passenger Transport

50 Diesel Electric Locomotives with axle load of 16 tons (Bidding in March 14, 2016)
- For regular passenger transport

115 Sleeper Passenger Coach Set from CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles (Arriving in May 2016)
- For long-distance travel
- The carriages can handle a max speed of 120 km/h.
- The first two batch of 26 Passenger Coach Set (13 each) will be delivered in May 2016
- All to be delivered and used in October 2016 for the following lines: Bangkok - Chiang Mai, Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani, Bangkok - Nong Khai and Bangkok - Hat Yai


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250 Passenger Coach (To be announced)
- For mid-distance travel

186 Diesel-Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) (To be announced)
- To replace Daewoo rail car


Freight Transport

20 Locomotives from CSR Qishuya with axle load of 20 tons + spare parts (All arrived)


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2 locomotives from CSR for TPI polene (All arrived)
- Used for freight transport for TPI polene


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Old December 1st, 2015, 04:59 PM   #447
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Need private sector to run 574 km Thai - Japan railway from Phu Namron all the way to Laem Chabang and Aranyaprathet - Thai government 49% - Japanese government 49% - Mitsui 1% and Thai partner 1%

Hope to conclude the Bank loan with China to finance Thai - China railway project in early 2016
http://www.bangkokbiznews.com/news/detail/676600

Next on the line is Mae Sod - Phetchabun - Ban Phai - Mukdahan - Nakhon Phanom with the distance of 910 km - after taking Ban Phai - Mukdahan - Nakhon Phanom into account
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Old December 2nd, 2015, 05:56 PM   #448
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Correction in the news: The Thai-Chinese rail operation speed will be 200 km/h and not 180km/h and will be able to handle 300 km/h in the future.

The double tracking meter gauge railway speed will be 120-160 km/h (Depending on the curve and section).

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Thai cabinet approves $US 50bn transport plan
Written by David Briginshaw

THE Thai cabinet approved on December 1 a Baht 1.8 trillion ($US 50.3bn) investment plan comprising 20 transport projects drawn up by the Ministry of Transport and designed to kick-start the country's economy.

The programme includes road, rail, airport and port schemes, and the transport minister Mr Arkhom Termpittayapaisith says the first six projects worth Baht 186bn will be ready to go out to tender before the end of the first quarter of 2016, while tenders will be invited for the remaining 14 by 2017.

There are two rail projects in the first wave: a double-track standard-gauge line from Khon Kaen to Nakhon Ratchasima, which will form the first section of a new 873km line from Nong Khai near the border with Laos to Rayong on the Gulf of Thailand with a branch from Kaeng Khoi to Bangkok. The government will sign an MoU with China on December 19 to build the 180km/h railway at an estimated cost of Baht 400bn. The other railway project entails the construction of a freight depot at Laem Chabang.

The second wave of projects includes a number of track-doubling schemes: Nakhon Ratchasima – Map Kabao (132km), Nakhon Pathom – Hua Hin (165km), Lop Buri – Pak Nampho (118km), and Prachuap Khiri Khan – Chumphon (167km).

The second wave also includes five rapid transit projects in Bangkok: the Orange Line heavy metro from Thailand Cultural Centre east to Min Buri, the Pink Line monorail from Min Buri west to Kae Rai, the Yellow Line monorail from Lat Phrao to Samrong, the State Railway of Thailand Red Line from Bang Sue south via Hua Mak to Hua Lamphong main line station, and the Purple Line metro from Tao Pun to Ratburana.

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This is good news.
It will take a bit more time than I thought for work on Bangkok's new rapid transit lines to start. And seems like the Airport Link extension is out of the game in the foreseeable future. But ok, that would have been the least useful project anyway (the Red Line is enough to connect the airports).
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This is good news.
It will take a bit more time than I thought for work on Bangkok's new rapid transit lines to start. And seems like the Airport Link extension is out of the game in the foreseeable future. But ok, that would have been the least useful project anyway (the Red Line is enough to connect the airports).
Not sure what do u mean by out of the game? ARL extension is still progress according to the plan.
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This is good news.
It will take a bit more time than I thought for work on Bangkok's new rapid transit lines to start. And seems like the Airport Link extension is out of the game in the foreseeable future. But ok, that would have been the least useful project anyway (the Red Line is enough to connect the airports).
Well, Airport Link extension to Donmueang will go as planned except
1. no station between Bangsue Central and Donmueang
2. Airport City Line will be allowed to run all the way to Donmueang ONLY during morning rush hour or evening rush hour (80 Baht per trip from Suvannabhum to Donmueang with all stops)... the rest of the day will be covered by Airport Express (100 Baht - Suvannabhum - Makkasan Central - Bangsue Central - Donmueang)
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Not sure what do u mean by out of the game? ARL extension is still progress according to the plan.
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Well, Airport Link extension to Donmueang will go as planned except
I didn't see it being mentioned above. Or can SRT do it all on its own next year?
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I didn't see it being mentioned above. Or can SRT do it all on its own next year?
Those are lines that are included as "Urgent phase" for 2016 to fast track them. Several lines are not included in that list, but are doing their own thing, they are: ARL extension, grey line monorail, gold line light rail, dark red line extension and orange line extension.

SRT had also recently held a public hearing for the ARL extension.

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Brochure from the public hearings of Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link extension (Don Mueang Airport - Bang Sue section)

This line will be presented to the cabinet for approval early next year, and bidding will begin mid 2016.

Dark red: Existing Airport Rail Link line
Purple: Airport Rail Link extension (Don Mueang - Bang Sue section)
Red: SRT Dark Red line
Blue: High Speed Rail line




Showing where the Airport Rail link tracks will be located in Bang Sue Central Station and Don Mueang Station



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20 infrastructure projects under the Action Plan for 2016 (Urgent Phase)


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Those are lines that are included as "Urgent phase" for 2016 to fast track them. Several lines are not included in that list, but are doing their own thing, they are: ARL extension, grey line monorail, gold line light rail, dark red line extension and orange line extension.

SRT had also recently held a public hearing for the ARL extension.
Yes ok, they can go on preparing the Airport Link project (the same like the other rapid transit projects mentioned in the budget have been in “preparation phase” for many years now, the actual implementation having been delayed again and again – now we know there is a financial commitment so implementation can start in 2017 or maybe 2018). My guess would be, given the huge size of this infrastructure budget, that this would be the money available to do “real things” besides paperwork for at least the next 5 years. I’m not saying that the Airport Link project has been scrapped, only that there will probably be no construction in the “foreseeable future”, i.e. maybe 2020 or later (just guessing, of course). Nonetheless I would be more than happy to be proven wrong.
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OTP has merged the following new projects to form Upper East - West Corridor (Mae Sod - Tak - Nakhon Sawan- - Phetechabun - Ban Phai - Mukdahan) even though it has effectively increased the distance from 770 km to 910 km to meet the domestic demand
1. Ban Phai - Mahasarakham - Roy Ed - Loeng Nok Tha - Mukdahan - Nakhon Phanom
2. Nakhon Sawan - Kamphaeng Phet - Tak - Maesod and Lam Narai - Phetchabun

This has effectively caused the need to construction of Ban Phai to Chaturat via Chaiyaphum along with the new line from Watabaek to Nakhon Sawan via Phetchabun
double tracking from Watabaek to Chaturat

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Yes ok, they can go on preparing the Airport Link project (the same like the other rapid transit projects mentioned in the budget have been in “preparation phase” for many years now, the actual implementation having been delayed again and again – now we know there is a financial commitment so implementation can start in 2017 or maybe 2018). My guess would be, given the huge size of this infrastructure budget, that this would be the money available to do “real things” besides paperwork for at least the next 5 years. I’m not saying that the Airport Link project has been scrapped, only that there will probably be no construction in the “foreseeable future”, i.e. maybe 2020 or later (just guessing, of course). Nonetheless I would be more than happy to be proven wrong.
Preparation phase means conducting at least 3 public hearings, designing and getting EIA approval, which usually takes 1-2 years. Then the lines have to be approved by the Transport Ministry and then given to the Cabinet for approval, which takes 6 month to 1 year.

The lines that are included in the Action Plan (urgent phase) will get their EIA approval time shorten to 6-8 months and Cabinet approval and such will also be fast tracked.

Actually ARL extension is in the urgent phase, since the section Phaya Thai to Bang Sue is confirmed to be built at the same time as the Red line that is in the urgent phase, since they use the same structure. While the ARL section Bang Sue to Don Mueang Airport needs to revise the design, since the track will now be shared with the Thai-Chinese and Thai-Japanese HSR.

The news for the simultaneous construction with the red line (missing link) is here:
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http://www.thansettakij.com/2015/09/05/9677

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Actually ARL extension is in the urgent phase, since the section Phaya Thai to Bang Sue is confirmed to be built at the same time as the Red line that is in the urgent phase, since they use the same structure. While the ARL section Bang Sue to Don Mueang Airport needs to revise the design, since the track will now be shared with the Thai-Chinese and Thai-Japanese HSR.
Yeah, but without financial commitment this is still nothing more than talk. Last time I read about the ARL extension end of October a budget approval was expected by December. Now we got the budget and the ARL extension doesn't figure in it - I suppose the enumeration of projects is not open-ended. If the ARL extension isn't mentioned then the first thing one would think is that it has lower priority than the projects listed and that it won't be implemented before the listed projects. Which seems understandable to me, as all other rapid transit lines are likely to benefit more people than the rather special-purpose ARL extension (the Red Line will close the connection gap between the airports anyway).
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ARL always get excluded from the news and I don't know why, despise having a good progression according to the plan.

Anyway, it seems to be that the extension project is now split into 2 phases. The first phase which stretch from Makkansan to Bangsue will be done first. As it need to share the infrastructure with red line missing link (Bangsue - Hualumpong - Ram). And since red line missing link is part of the urgent plan , it's unavoidable that phase1 will have to happen at the same time.

BTW Bangsue - Donmueang is different story , and you might be right. As it might take longer to before construction can start due to several reasons

* The track/station need redesign to support sharing with Chinese HSR. This is the main bottleneck which could drag the timeline further, as there is still no concrete plan on Chinese HSR part regarding to the link between China rak noi - Bangsue.

* Redline train will make the completion of that extension a lot less urgent. As people can use it to commute from both direction to Don mueang airport. Surely it's a bit inconvinient where you have to change at Bangsue station coming from Suvannabhumi, but at least it's already linked once the station is opened.

Anyway, there is still a chance, if Chinese HSR is finalized and this phase can just piggy back without having to wait for normal process/approval cycle, then we might see it a bit earlier.
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ARL always get excluded from the news and I don't know why, despise having a good progression according to the plan.

Anyway, it seems to be that the extension project is now split into 2 phases. The first phase which stretch from Makkansan to Bangsue will be done first. As it need to share the infrastructure with red line missing link (Bangsue - Hualumpong - Ram). And since red line missing link is part of the urgent plan , it's unavoidable that phase1 will have to happen at the same time.

BTW Bangsue - Donmueang is different story , and you might be right. As it might take longer to before construction can start due to several reasons

* The track/station need redesign to support sharing with Chinese HSR. This is the main bottleneck which could drag the timeline further, as there is still no concrete plan on Chinese HSR part regarding to the link between China rak noi - Bangsue.

* Redline train will make the completion of that extension a lot less urgent. As people can use it to commute from both direction to Don mueang airport. Surely it's a bit inconvinient where you have to change at Bangsue station coming from Suvannabhumi, but at least it's already linked once the station is opened.

Anyway, there is still a chance, if Chinese HSR is finalized and this phase can just piggy back without having to wait for normal process/approval cycle, then we might see it a bit earlier.
the thing that makes Thai-Chinese HSR not finalized yet is due to the dispute on the issue annual interests on Loan from Chinese EXIM Bak.

Chinese government insisting Thailand to accept 2.5% per annum rate using Chinese way to calculate interest rates. However, Bank of Thailand and Ministry of Finance insist that the loan interest can be cut down to 2% per year or less if People Bank of China is willing to accept the way Bank of Thailand and Ministry of Finance have calculated the interest rates for Thai - Chinese railway. This is very critical issue as there is a cost overrun that make the budget for Thai - Chinese railway balloon up from 400 billion Baht to 560 billion Baht due to the additional stations as well as the political animosity of Thai-Chinese railway vs Thai - Japanese railways on the shared 82 km section from Bangsue Central to Ban Phachi Junction ... Japanese government never allows Chinese government to build the traffic control station at Bangsue Central which finance by JICA loan.

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