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State Railway officials sign 5 high-speed rail contracts as part of project linking Thailand and China

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Officials from the State Railway of Thailand have signed 5 high-speed rail contracts worth more than 40 billion baht, in the latest development in the Thailand – China rail connection. It’s understood the contracts cover phase 1 of the railway, from Bangkok to the north-eastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat).

It’s hoped that section will carry its first passengers in 2023 and that the line will eventually reach further north, to Nong Khai, and from there, link with a rail connection connecting Laos and China. The high-speed trains will run at speeds up to 250 kilometres an hour.

Nation Thailand reports that the contract signing took place at the Transport Ministry, between SRT governor Nirut Maneephan and the 5 contractors, Nawarat Patanakarn, Thai Engineer Industry, Italian – Thai Development, SPTK Joint Venture, and Civil Engineering. In total, the project will involve over 100 kilometres of railway, with a budget of 40.275 billion baht. The first phase of construction involves 14 contracts, with work under the first one completed and ongoing under the second.

Nirut say the 5 new contractors are expected to take delivery of the land in early 2021, with the 7 remaining contracts being signed next year.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Mister Stretch

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    China wants high-speed rail connectivity because when it comes time to invade the peninsula with its military and take physical control of everything down to Singapore.

    Go ahead…sign those papers and kiss your sovereignty goodbye.

    They are just being blinded by money…

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    Joe

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Due to this government’s economic mismanagement not many people are going to have the money to ride these trains. Malaysia even cancelled their China trade project but Thailand is going for 5????

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    Bobby m

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Little China (formally known as Thailand)

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    It might work.
    The Hoover Dam was built in the USA during the great depression.
    This was good for morale, and occupying the Thai unemployed will prevent them from drinking and shooting each other.

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    Glenn

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Korat to Bkk… that’s a long commute for work – that must not be the reason.

    Vacations from city to city – people tend to drive so they have a car with them – not that reason either.

    Freight. Yea, high speed freight… nah, maybe not.

    Connection to China – hmmm.

    Big money being kicked back – aahhhh yes.

    Fits with the UN Agenda21/2030 – oh, yes, sustainable, eco-friedly, all inclusive, and all the other buzz words and phrases that sound nice but mean absolutely nothing… see a few reasons above.

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    Glenn

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    and ps, hope there are highspeed railway crossing gates that effectively stop Somchai from driving his pickup across the tracks because he’s wearing a buddha and is to drunk to think about looking…

    nah, that’d never happen, would it?

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    I have seen what they have built above Korat.
    No crossing the tracks. Underpasses and over passers all along the tracks.
    No Chinese money spared.

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    Leo Z

    Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 12:43 am

    The Chinese came to Thailand thinking they can do business here as they do in Central Asia and Africa. Four out of the five contractors are glaringly non-Chinese (the first two are Thai, Italian-Thai Development is Thai-owned, and SPTK is Malaysian). That leaves only that Civil Engineering group. “But I’m not a falang”, “Yeah ok, you’re a Chinese falang”.

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    Alan

    Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Scary.

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