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Green signal for Bangkok-Pattaya rail link construction

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Thailand’s new station at Bang Sue, will be the largest in South-east Asia when it opens next year.
Thailand’s new station at Bang Sue, will be the largest in South-east Asia when it opens next year.

BANGKOK - Thailand’s plans for a new US$7.4 billion high-speed rail link from Bangkok to Pattaya has been flagged off after the Thai government signed a construction agreement with a consortium that includes China Railway Construction Corporation.

Financing will involve both public and private sectors in a consortium led by conglomerate Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group. 

Reuters reports that Japanese banks have also agreed to provide part of the financing for the link, which will span 220 kms and is scheduled to start operating in 2023.

State Railways of Thailand has said that passengers on a high-speed train will be able to get from downtown Bangkok to Pattaya in under three quarters of an hour. With top speeds of 250 kmph that will mean Bangkok to Pattaya will be even quicker than that.

The nine station 220 km route will link three airports across nine stations. It will originate at Don Muang airport and pass through Suvarnabhumi Airport to the U-Tapao airport destination.

Thailand’s new station at Bang Sue, which will be the largest in Southeast Asia when it is expected to open next year will become the central hub for Thailand’s high-speed rail link.


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