Connect with us

Transport

Thai leg of the high speed rail to Laos and China will be completed by 2028

Published

 on 

The government has stated that by 2028, it will have finished its part of a long-delayed high-speed rail system connecting Thailand with China and Laos.

The 434 billion baht project’s first of two phases will be completed by 2026, according to officials.

According to the director-general of the Department of Rail Transport, Pichet Kunadhamraks, 12% of the first stage is built, and Thailand hopes to have a test run by 2026 and an official opening in 2027.

The tracks in Thailand will cover a distance of 609 kilometres, from Bangkok to Nong Khai, a province on the country’s northeastern border with Laos, where a Mekong River bridge will be developed to connect to the China-Laos high speed train system.

The 253 kilometre route, with a 180 billion baht budget, will connect the Thai capital with the Isan province of Nakhon Ratchasima.

The second phase, which would cover 356 kilometres and cost 254 billion baht, will continue northeast to the Laos border.

Following a meeting between Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday, Thailand has renewed its commitment to the project, which was originally proposed in 2014 under China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

According to the director-general at the Department of East Asian Affairs at Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there were some slowdowns, including the Covid pandemic and contractual disagreements, but everything now is “looking bright.”

“There were some procedural steps which have caused some delays but we’re making constant progress. The Thai government emphasises the importance of this project as we support regional connectivity.”

In order to connect with China, Laos spent about $6 billion to open a train route last December.

SOURCE: Bloomberg

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Pete is a writer for The Thaiger, and he writes various topics from news, travel and property. His main focus is writing about Thai news, and what is happening in Thailand.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand10 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thai actress arrested for promoting a ponzi scheme

Thailand10 hours ago

Giant monitor lizard climbs up power pole to escape pack of dogs in central Thailand

World10 hours ago

“Drink more booze” Japan urges youth with new contest

Bangkok11 hours ago

CCSA leaves entertainment venues in limbo over 4am closing

Travel11 hours ago

Fun things to do indoors on a rainy day in Thailand (2022)

Bangkok11 hours ago

Tourists by locals in Bangkok: mad, bad, and dangerous to know

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Chon Buri11 hours ago

‘Dead body’ on Thailand beach turns out to be sex doll

Central Thailand12 hours ago

Shooting after comedy show in central Thailand, 1 seriously injured

Thailand12 hours ago

UPDATE: Woman who allegedly abused a soldier is a police officer

Kanchanaburi12 hours ago

Police shoot and kill major drug trafficker in Kanchanaburi

Tourism13 hours ago

Thailand’s CCSA talk tourist stats, visas on arrival & home isolation

Thailand13 hours ago

RTN’s ocean conservation activity accused of spoiling ecosystem

Chon Buri13 hours ago

Ferocious cobra bites rescuer’s girlfriend in Chon Buri

Thailand14 hours ago

Angry tourists demand refunds from tour operators in Thailand

Thailand15 hours ago

Motorbike taxi driver saves teenager from suicide in eastern Thailand

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending