SRT announces 5 new rail routes

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) plans to develop five dual-track railway lines this year, governor Prapas Chongsanguan announced on Tuesday.

The plan covers the 132-kilometre stretch of track between Saraburi's Map Kabao and Nakhon Ratchasima's Thanon Jira junction, the 165km route linking Nakhon Pathom to Hua Hin, and the 118km of track between Lop Buri and Pak Nampho in Nakhon Sawan.

It will also cover the 167km Prachuap Khiri Khan-Chumphon route and the 185km Nakhon Ratchasima-Khon Kaen route.

The plan, however, will remain on hold until it can be examined by the new government, Mr Prapas said.

The five dual-track routes are not included in the Pheu Thai government's 2-trillion-baht infrastructure development plan, he said. 

The fate of that scheme remains uncertain, as the Constitution Court last month accepted for consideration a petition challenging its legality. 

The SRT plan has already been approved by the cabinet, which agreed to set aside 176 billion baht for rail development, Mr Prapas said.

Construction is expected to commence once environmental impact assessments are completed, he added. 

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Discussion 1 : 02/01/2014 at 03:04 PM
you know, more than 50% of the Japan's HSR profit are not from the train's faires or passenger tolls, that's from non-hauling activities such as commercial area rental in the station. and although 4 THB/Km., travel by HSR is still cheaper than low-cost airline in Thailand.
Discussion 2 : 01/01/2014 at 06:27 PM
Thais can easely do the job. Herein lays another problem. Whereas other nations need a proper education and a workforce with skills and repeating the training and pursuing advancement in their skills, the Thai find it easy to do anything the Thai way. (Easy way)
Discussion 3 : 01/01/2014 at 05:55 PM
you mean SRT or goverment should not do anything now for this??? we should banned cars and motorcycles from the road to reduced the traffic problem and road dead toll until That people develop their driving behavior completely too?
Discussion 4 : 01/01/2014 at 12:17 PM
It is great that they are looking ahead, and paying for it from the general budget, not some 50 year loan to saddle future generations with future debts. The problem is (which is not mentioned ion the story), wether they are going to change these new rail lines to Standard Gauge. The current Narrow Gauge railways are outdated and very problematic. The whole rail system should be changed to Standard Gauge, before any un-necessary high speed system is even discussed. A standard 2 track system will serve Thailand for many years to come, and the don't need the Chinese to build it. Thais can easily do the job.
Discussion 5 : 01/01/2014 at 11:05 AM
Looks like a lot of people read the headline without bothering to read the article. SRT are not adding five new routes, they are double tracking five existing routes. If successful that would reduce delays due to bottlenecks, and the new track will reduce derailments. Geoffo, I wish you were correct, but EIAs in Thailand are almost always a rubber stamp exercise.
Discussion 6 : 01/01/2014 at 11:01 AM
Maybe getting the existing rail lines up to standard safety-wise might be a better first expenditure? Or else maybe shutting down the whole system until it has been completely upgraded?
Discussion 7 : 01/01/2014 at 10:18 AM
SRT plans to break their 2013 Guinness Record for derailments by adding new lines.
Discussion 8 : 01/01/2014 at 10:14 AM
So five dual-track lines mean 10 additional derailments? I suggest they fix the other problems with their rail network before visions of grandeur.
Discussion 9 : 01/01/2014 at 09:21 AM
Construction is expected to commence once environmental impact assessments are completed, he added. No Sir, not quite. EIA is a part of the planning process , so are public hearings along the routes and preparing a business case and then presenting a final plan. EIA is not a rubber stamp exercise.

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