Plan mulled to expand high-speed rail system

Transport officials are devising a plan to expand the high-speed train project from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai in the far Northeast, aiming to step up work to build a rail network from Thailand to Laos and China.

The extension plan follows the recent Thai-Sino deal to build a 253km rail route from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima. A new rail section could be built to Nong Khai, a border province opposite the Lao capital of Vientiane.

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said yesterday he told officials to begin the survey and design of the new rail route right after the deal was signed on Monday as these stages could be time-consuming.

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