RailThailand’s cabinet has approved the project and initial sum of 3.57-billion to finance land appropriation.

On track: Bangkok’s high-speed railway to get 111.9-billion-baht boost

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Bangkok airports Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-tapao will soon be linked via high-speed railway project. Photo Credit: hut547/iStock
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The project will be developed under the private-public partnership, with the government forking out the initial 3.57 billion baht for land appropriation. The remaining 108.33 billion will be spread over 10 years after the trains begin operation, according to Nathporn Chatusripitak, a spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak. 

Thailand’s government has committed to invest up to 111.9 billion baht (US$3.59 billion) on the country’s high-speed railway connecting its three main airports, Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-tapao, to serve the government's flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) scheme. 

The project will be developed under the private-public partnership, with the government forking out the initial 3.57 billion baht for land appropriation. The remaining 108.33 billion will be spread over 10 years after the trains begin operation, according to Nathporn Chatusripitak, a spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak. 

The cabinet last Tuesday (March 27) approved the high-speed railway and the initial 3.57-billion investment to finance the land appropriation, reported The Bangkok Post. Private partners will be tasked with investing in civil works, signalling systems, trains, property development and maintenance. 

The 224.54 billion baht project involves extending Bangkok's present Airport Rail Link (ARL), which runs to Suvarnabhumi in Samut Prakan, to connect to Don Mueang in Bangkok and U-tapao in Rayong. 

The 220-km route will comprise nine stations including Don Mueang, Bang Sue, Makkasan, Suvarnabhumi, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Sri Racha, Pattaya and U-tapao. Trains on the inner-city route will have a speed of 160km/hr, while trains on the rural route can reach up to 250km/hr.

Makkasan station, one of the ARL stations, will be turned into the central station for the high-speed rail.

When complete, passengers can travel from Bangkok to U-tapao in 45 minutes; fares will be charged at 330 baht. The government is expecting the project will yield an economic return of 700 billion baht and carry 147,000 passengers a day.

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