Today the office of the Eastern Economic Corridor will put the proposal for a 200-billion-baht high-speed rail project linking three of the kingdoms main airports before the cabinet.
The project plans to link Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-tapao (also known as Pattaya airport) as part of the governments continued investment in developing the EEC.
The Secretary-general of the EEC office, Kanit Sangsubhan said that government officials anticipate that the terms of reference (ToR) to be complete by the end of the month, a meeting for potential investors in the project is also scheduled to take place before the start of April.
At the meeting over 70 companies both local and international will be provided with details about the project by government officials.
It was reported that the project intends to largely utilize a current route which is under the control of the State Railway of Thailand which is 260 kilometers in length, travel within cities will see the proposed train not exceed speeds of 160 kilometers per hour, however once the train exits the capital into rural areas it can reach a maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour.
The proposed rail link will encompass 10 stations being Don Mueang, Bang Sue, Makkasan, Suvarnabhumi, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Sri Racha, Pattaya, U-tapao and finally Rayong.
The Secretary-General also explained the government plans on linking the line with three deep-sea ports within the EEC located at Map Ta Phut, Laem Chabang and Sattahip to help facilitate the transport of import and export goods.
Plans are also underway to further develop U-tapao airport which will include a new 3.5-kilometer-long second runway and terminal expansion.
A timeframe of three years has been given to carry out the expansion plans at the airport.
Source : Bangkok Post
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