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    Bangkok Looks to Clear Polluted Skies With Massive Rail Project

    By Randy Thanthong-Knight and Suttinee Yuvejwattana
    March 1, 2020, 4:00 AM GMT+7

    • Thai government spending more than $21 billion to expand rail
    • Plan to ease pollution, congestion amid environmental concern
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    Manoj Lohatepanont, director of Chulalongkorn University Transportation Institutepower plan to reduce shares of electricity produced from fossil fuels and increase more shares form renewable sources.

    A few local companies have been investing in electric cars and ferries to reduce pollution and fossil fuel use, and some have been testing autonomous vehicles to connect homes to nearby transit stations.
    Last edited by harrymsmarkle; 03-01-2020, 07:09 AM.

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    Originally posted by harrymsmarkle View Post
    • Thai government spending more than $21 billion to expand rail
    wonderful news

    I'm not sure how far 21 billion will take them, but it's a start
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


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      B50bn contract to be signed for part of high-speed railway first stage

      The government will sign 'Contract 2.3', worth more than 50 billion baht, for work on the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday.

      The contract will have three parties - the State Railway of Thailand, China Railway International Co and China Railway Design Corporation, deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul said on Tuesday.

      Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will preside over the signing of Contract 2.3 of the Bangkok-Nong Khai high-speed train project, which is for part of the first stage from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima, Ms Traisuree said.

      Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob and executives of the Chinese government will witness the signing at Government House, she said.

      Contract 2.3 is for 50.63 billion baht and covers the purchase of tracks, electrical and signaling and communication systems, procurement of train carriages, personnel training, the operation and maintenance works and the transfer of technology.

      The project’s first phase, a 253-kilometre track from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima, will have six stations - Bangkok (Bang Sue), Don Muang, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Pak Chong and Nakhon Ratchasima, the spokeswoman said.

      There are a total of 14 contracts involved in the 179-billion-baht, 253-kilometre rail route from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima, the gateway to the Northeast.

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      • #4
        Bangkok-Nong Khai high-speed rail contract inked with China

        Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has hailed the development of the Thai-Sino high-speed rail project as key to strengthening the country's competitiveness.

        The premier on Wednesday presided over the signing of “Contract 2.3” between the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), China Railway International and China Railway Design Corp at Government House.

        The Bt50.63-billion contract is for Phase 1 of the Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima high-speed railway, which will run from Bangkok to Nong Khai. The contract covers construction of the track and electrical, signalling and communication systems, procurement of trains, maintenance and technology transfer.

        Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said that Phase 1 comprises a 253-kilometre stretch of track with six stations – Bang Sue, Don Muang, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Pak Chong and Nakhon Ratchasima.

        The Thai side is entirely responsible for investment on this phase and the civil works, while the Chinese side will oversee the design and installation of track, electrical systems, train operation system, train procurement and personal training.

        The Thai side is currently drafting the design of Phase 2 – a 354.5km track from Nong Khai to Nakhon Ratchasima.

        Saksayam said the ministry will ask the Cabinet to approve the launch of an institute to conduct research and development of track system technology, aiming to increase the number of experts in the field.

        This would help boost use of local materials, add about Bt21 billion in value to the Thai rail industry, and create jobs worth about Bt6 billion annually, he said.:

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        • #5
          Thai train tickets can now be bought online

          The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) launched an online ticketing and reservation service called the D-Ticket System on Wednesday.

          Now, passengers wishing to travel on December 18, can make reservations or purchase train tickets using the D-Ticket system via

          Tickets can only be booked 30 days in advance.

          Under the new D-Ticket system, passengers can check their seats on the train, manually print out tickets or save their ticket on the phone and scan the QR code on the train. Payments can be made using credit or debit cards as well as the state welfare card.:

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          • #6
            SRT signs 5 contracts for high-speed railway from Bangkok to Korat

            The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) on Thursday signed five contracts worth a total Bt40 billion for the high-speed rail project to link Thailand and China.

            The contracts are for construction of the first phase of the railway, from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima. The line will eventually stretch to Nong Khai and link with another railway constructed from China to Laos, as part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative.

            The contracts were signed at the Transport Ministry by SRT governor Nirut Maneephan and contractors Nawarat Patanakarn, Thai Engineer Industry, Italian-Thai Development, SPTK Joint Venture, and Civil Engineering.

            The five contracts cover 101.15 kilometres of the railway, with total investment budget of around Bt40.275 billion.

            First-phase construction features a total of 14 contracts. Construction work under the first contract has been completed, while work under the second is ongoing. The land for construction sites will be delivered to the five new contractors by the beginning of 2021.

            The remaining seven contracts will be signed over the next year, the SRT governor added.: -
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