After years of back and forth it appears that the construction of the highly anticipated railway between Thailand and China is set to begin soon
In a statement issued by the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok this weekend, they announced that next month both China and Thailand will sign the contracts allowing work to commence on the project which will begin in October.
The announcement follows a meeting between representatives from the two countries where a price for the project was agreed and where the Thai government gave the go ahead for the first stage of the project.
The first stage of the project is expected to cost $5.2 billion, with Thailand footing the bill which will see a railway line constructed from Bangkok to Nakhom Ratchasima, a distance of 253km.
Details are still being worked out over the second stage of the project where a railway line will be built from Nong Khai to the border of Laos 600km away.
Once the two stages are complete they will link with a railway line from China-Laos that is currently being built.
This will allow travellers to make the trip from Bangkok to Laos in just a few hours.
The project that was originally announced back in 2014 has suffered numerous setbacks but Thailand’s Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport has assured the Chinese media that the project will begin construction in 2017.
Source : Shanghaiist
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