High-speed railway in Thailand gets green light

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THAILAND’S cabinet yesterday okay-ed the construction of a high-speed train network to connect the entire country, which will also see links to Malaysia and Laos.

The seven-year scheme will see the kingdom invest US$68 billion into developing the network, which will consist of four lines and 200 high-speed trains capable of running up to 250km/hour, reported AFP.

The lines will connect Bangkok to regions in the north, south and east, as well as reach the Malaysian and Lao borders when complete.

According to a cabinet document, the new trains will reduce the travel time from Bangkok to northern Thailand from 12 hours to four hours.

Thai transport minister, Chadchart Sittipunt, was quoted as saying: “The projects, which will focus on electric trains and dual tracks, will completely change Thailand, and they will start next year.”

Meanwhile, Thai authorities are also considering a metropolitan rail network for Bangkok.

Author: Anna

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