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Old November 8th, 2009, 06:29 PM   #61
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Bt100 bn high-speed train projects endorsed

By The Nation 11/11/2009


The economic ministers on Wednesday approved the Bt100 billion high-speed train construction in four routes, from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Nong Khai, Chanthaburi and Padang Besar.

Deputy Prime Minister Korbsak Sabhavasu said that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva instructed the Transport Ministry to first focus on the eastern route as it is the shortest. The detailed investment plan must be completed within 45 days, to be submitted to the Cabinet for approval by the end of this year.

The Finance Ministry was instructed to finalise the financing options, including China's offer to loan US$400 million and private companies' participation.


The ministers also acknowledged the planned establishment of a subsidiary to operate the Airport Rail Link project. Meanwhile, a special unit will be established to oversee asset management, rail management and maintenance.


"This should not draw complaints from the labour union, as this is what they proposed for the sake of safety."
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Old November 13th, 2009, 01:55 PM   #65
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Railway development plan approved

Bangkokpost Published: 11/11/2009 at 04:46 PM


The Council of Economic Ministers on Wednesday approved in principle to develop the railway system with a budget of about 100 billion baht as proposed by the Transport Ministry, Deputy Prime Minister Korbsak Sabhavasu said.

The development plan provides for improvement of rail tracks throughout the country, buying new locomotives and rolling stock and hiring more staff.

Mr Korbsak said the economic council assigned the Transport Ministry and National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) to work out details of projects to be carried out and sources of financing within 45 days and report back to the government for approval.

A feasibility study will also be made of the construction of rail tracks for high-speed trains on four routes: Bangkok-Chiang Mai (745km), Bangkok-Nong Khai (615km), Bangkok-Chanthaburi (330km), and Bangkok-Padang Besar (985km). The study is to be finished in three months.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva wanted the study on the railway between Bangkok and Rayong, which is part of the Bangkok-Chanthaburi route, finished first - in 45 days, Mr Korbsak said.

The plan would be carried out in three phases.

The first phase, from 2010-2014, involves improvement of the existing tracks and purchases of more locomotives and carriages at a cost of 46 billion baht, and 767 kilometres of double-track at about 66 billion baht.

The second phase. includes extension of rail routes to a total of 2,651km to the North, Northeast, East, West, and South to connect with neighbouring countries, at an estimated cost of 392,348 million baht, and construction of double rail tracks, with a budget of 324,710 million baht.

The third phase would be construction of four high-speed train routes: Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Nong Khai, Bangkok-Chanthaburi, and Bangkok-Padang Besar.

Mr Korbsak did not give a timetable for the second and third stages.

A plan for the development of SRT land was also submitted to the council for consideration, he said.
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'Handicap' to boost electric train network

Bangkokpost Published: 30/12/2009 at 12:00 AM


The government will speed up the development of the local electric train and related industries by offering incentives to bidders for 12 electric train projects to use more local content, says the Industry Ministry.

The idea arose after representatives of the Industry and Transport ministries and the Federation of Thai Industries met yesterday to discuss developments.

The incentives, to be included in the projects' terms of reference, will resemble a sporting "handicap", said Sorayud Phettrakul, an adviser to the industry minister. "For example, if a company offers higher prices compared to other bidders but plans to use more local content, it still stands a good chance to win," he said.

"Through this incentive, we hope that our local electric train and related industries will be developed faster. It is not in violation of World Trade Organisation rules since we do not force them but rather persuade them [to use more local content] through incentives. This also responds to the government's policy of turning Thailand into a regional hub for land and railway transport."

The meeting also agreed to set up a private-public committee to finish the details, which will be proposed to the Public-Private Partnership Committee chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister Korbsak Sabhavasu on Jan 8.

The study will then be submitted to the Joint Public Private Consultative Committee (JPPCC) chaired by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Jan 27.

Thai automotive parts and electronic and electrical suppliers could supply five of the project's 16 major parts - train bodies; interior accessories and parts; exterior decoration; electronic and electrical engineering systems; and signalling and communication systems, said Mr Sorayud.

A total of 25 local producers are qualified to supply parts to the projects. Chulalongkorn University is also conducting a study on human resources development to support the expansion of the industry in the near future.

According to the Traffic Policy Planning Office, demand for electric trains will reach 1,026 carriages by 2029.

The 76.95-billion-baht investment in the rail system is forecast to increase gross domestic product in a range of 3% to 5% and help cut fuel costs for transport by 50%.
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Old February 24th, 2010, 07:39 PM   #77
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Dual-rail track study due next month

Bangkokpost Published: 24/02/2010


Following a second public opinion gathering seminar Wednesday, the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP) will present its study results and an overall perspective of Thailand's rail and high-speed train system development model scheme to the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) for consideration in March.

According to Transport Ministry's permanent secretary, Supoj Saplom, the NESDB will submit its plan to the Cabinet to consider the dual-track lines' first five-year investment plan (2010-2014) with a Bt153-billion budget.

The Cabinet will forward details of the transport ministry proposal to the finance ministry for further budget.

Meanwhile, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) already finished its project plan for dual-track lines last week, said Mr Supoj.

During the first phase, the SRT will build 676 km in dual-rail lines connecting the existing 120km of tracks. Construction is expected to help reduce the costs of logistics from the current 18 per cent to 14 per cent in 2014, with a further reduction to 12 per cent considered ideal.

When the project enters the second phase in 2015-2019, the State Railway will build another 1,025km of dual-rail track system. The third phase of 1,678km will be followed with logistics costs to be reduced to 10 per cent.

Concerning locomotives, Mr Supoj said 56 engines are currently under an 18-month maintenance process, while another 56 locomotives of 90 per cent quality are expected to be ready for service next year. He said the maintenance costs are already included in the Bt153 billion budget.

The State Railway of Thailand is also planning to spend Bt4 billion to build a 2,000km fence bordering its rails for public safety.

Moreover, it is to develop some of its large plots of land in Bangkok’s several areas to generate income for the loss-ridden state-owned agency; for instance, Bang Sue Station to be developed as a train hub.
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Study supports high-speed rail service to Hat Yai

Bangkokpost Published: 25/02/2010 at 12:00 AM


A high-speed train connecting Bangkok with the South is the most feasible of four rail options being considered by the Transport Ministry, a study shows.

The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning director-general, Soythip Traisuthi, said a company hired to provide her office with advice on high-speed train projects found the southern route to be the most promising investment.

The study results show the 270 billion baht, 982-km southern route - Bangkok-Hat Yai-Padang Besar - would yield a healthy return on investment, she said.

The route could be used to connect Thailand's high-speed rail network with Malaysia and Singapore, Mrs Soythip said. The number of rail passengers on the southern route, even without the high-speed service, averages as many as 30,000 a day, she said.

The average income of people living in provinces along the southern route was considerably higher than people in other regions, Mrs Soythip said.

The results of the study on the four high-speed train routes will be drafted into a final report and proposed to the government.

National Economic and Social Development Board deputy secretary general Suwat Wanisubut said the 150 billion baht the cabinet had approved for improving and restructuring the State Railway of Thailand's rail system was not enough.
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Govt plans bullet-train project

The Nation Published on March 12, 2010


The government plans to launch a bullet-train project next year, Deputy Prime Minister Trairong Suwankhiri said yesterday.

The government wants people to be able to travel to any part of the country by rail within five hours, he told a press conference after meeting with officials from the Finance and Transport ministries.


Officials say investment for high-speed rail routes from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, the Thai-Malaysian border, Rayong, Nong Khai and Ubon Ratchatani would cost about Bt800 billion.


Bangkok to Rayong would the first line to be built at an estimated cost of Bt56 billion, said Trairong.


He said the government would invite investors from China, Japan, France and Germany to participate in the projects.


The government may invest in the infrastructure while investors would invest in the rolling stock, he added.


"The government will start the project before the next general election. I assure you the government will survive for another year," said the deputy PM.
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High-speed train work to start next year

Construction could begin next year on Thailand's first high-speed train network, says Deputy Prime Minister Trairong Suwannakhiri.

The first route planned in the 800- billion-baht programme would be a Bangkok-Rayong line, he said at an investment conference yesterday.

"I expect the [Abhisit Vejjajiva] government to stand until next year, when we will begin work on this project. It will be a programme that will serve the public for the next three or four decades," Dr Trairong said.

The government envisions investing up to 800 billion baht from 2011 to 2032 in four high-speed routes linking each region with Bangkok, covering 2,000 kilometres of new track. Once the lines are complete, access to all corners of the country would be possible from the capital in less than five hours.

The Transport Ministry is to propose details of the investment plan to the cabinet within 60 days. Investment will be managed through public-private partnerships (PPP).

Tentative plans have allocated 56 billion baht for the Bangkok-Rayong route, 247 billion for a route from Bangkok to Padang Besar on the Thai-Malaysian border, 180 billion for a Bangkok-Nong Khai route in the Northeast and 210 billion for a Bangkok-Chiang Mai route.

Dr Trairong, who chairs a PPP committee for the Thai Khem Khaeng megaproject programme, said Rayong was picked as the priority as it was the least expensive and shortest of the four.

The Rayong route would also help support tourism and industry along the Eastern Seaboard.

"Another factor is that for the past 30 to 40 years, Rayong residents have had to bear the burden of industrial development in the region. We should now give something back to the community," he said, adding that the high-speed train will cut travel time to Bangkok to less than one hour compared with more than three hours now by car.

He said top suppliers from Germany, France, China and Japan would be invited to bid for contracts.

Fare rates meanwhile would depend upon negotiations with private operators, although officials expect fares to the Malaysian border or to Chiang Mai to be set at around 1,000 baht per passenger with the Bangkok-Rayong route priced at around 300 baht.

Meanwhile, the State Railway of Thailand is moving forward with its own plans to improve existing rail track and crossings, procure new engines and carriages and lay another 764 km of double-gauge track by 2014. Out of the total of 170 billion baht budgeted for the programme, 4.6 billion in new investment will come this year.

Railway improvements are considered critical to help reduce logistics costs and lift the country's overall competitiveness. By 2024, the SRT hopes to lay another 3,039 km of track to complement nearly 4,000 km now, with the country's logistics expenses targeted to fall to 13% of GDP from 19% now.
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