High-speed rail from Bangkok to China picks up speed

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The railway between China and Laos starts from Kunming, in the Chinese province of Yunnan, crosses the border, passes by Luang Prabang, the famous tourist resort of Laos, and ends in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. This railway, 1,000 kilometers long, works perfectly. In parallel, the construction of Bangkok to the Laotian border continues.

Part of the TGV line progresses in Thailand

Construction of the China-Thai high-speed train between Bangkok and the northeastern border province of Nong Khai is progressing well. The construction of the 250.77 km section between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima province is already nearly 40% complete.

The study of the link to the Laotian border is carried out

For the second section, between Nakhon Ratchasima and Nong Khai (border with Laos), State Railways of Thailand (SRT) recently completed the study and design of the project. The venture is ready to go to the cabinet for approval, according to the deputy secretary. of the Ministry of Transport.

The train will stop in several major cities

The Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima section consists of 181.9 km of elevated railway tracks, 64 km of ground level tracks and a 6.4 km tunnel. There will be six stations on this section, which are the main terminal of Bang Sue, Don Mueang, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Pak Chong and Nakhon Ratchasima. The cost of this section is estimated at around 179.4 billion baht.

The construction encountered several issues, including delays in land expropriation, possible impacts to the World Heritage Site in Ayutthaya for Ayutthaya Railway Station, a change in design from ground track to elevated track for some contracts, requiring the adjustment of the environmental impact assessment, and the overlap of civil works between this project and the high-speed rail project connecting the airports of Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao (Pattaya ).

The project, however, should still be ready for public service in 2027.

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