The long talked about and widely publicised project to build a high speed railway line from Bangkok to Chiang Mai based on Japanese Shinkansen (bullet train) technology seems to have taken a rather unexpected turn after Thai officials are now considering significantly reducing the trains speed to reduce costs.
The project aimed at connecting the nation’s capital with Chiang Mai a distance of roughly 670km looks set to have the trains overall top speed reduced in an effort to cut the price of the overall project according to an article published by the Bangkok Post.
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha asked transport officials to look at reducing the train’s top speed from 300kph down to 200kph.
The request came less than two weeks after Japanese experts helping with the project estimated that the project would cost 420 billion baht ($13.1 billion), a price tag that the Thai government would appear to deem too much.
Source : asia nikkei
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