Thailand high-speed railroad plan Government approval
At the Cabinet meeting of Thailand’s military government on 27th March, they approved a high-speed rail plan that connects the three main airports in Thailand, Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang Airport, and Uthapao Airport in the southeast. A total extension distance is 220 km, and this plan is part of the EEC (Thai Eastern Economic Corridor) plan aimed at attracting new industries in the eastern part of Thailand.
It is aimed at promoting PPP (public and private partnerships) projects with 50 years period. (5 years of development and 45 years of operation) The government is in charge of land acquisition, private enterprises are expected to be in charge of railway construction / management and development along the railroad. Aiming for opening in 2023, we will record a total budget of 123 billion baht.
New railway development
① Form that extends the existing elevated railway air link link
(total extension 28 km, maximum speed 160 km) between Suvarnabhumi Airport
and Phayathai station in Bangkok to Don Mueang Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport
② Don Mueang Airport – Phayathai Station (total extension 21 km, maximum speed 160 km)
③ Airport Link • Suvarnabhumi Airport Station – Uthapao Airport (total extension 170 km, maximum speed 250 km)(Chachoengsao City, Chonburi City, Sriracha City, Pattaya City, Utapao Airport 5 Stations)
Large scale development in front of the station
④ 24 ha in front of Airport Link • Makkasan Station
⑤ Development of 4 hectares of land around Sriracha Station
Stagnant mood between Bangkok and Chiang Mai project
Meanwhile, Bangkok – Chiang Mai hi-speed train project where a stagnant mood drifts, but this has not been frustrated here either.
According to the Thai Ministry of Transportation on November 11, There is no fact that the plan ceased by Japanese side.
And announced that there is no fact that (Due to over budget) Thailand is considering that reduce the budget by reducing the maximum operating speed from 300 km or more to around 200 km, and by reducing the number of stations.
Finally they announced, Japanese side is refusing about low-interest loan or co-investment is not true.
In addition, he explains that he is seeking an appropriate investment model on the premise of minimizing the investment burden of the Thai government. In addition, he insisted that it agrees with the Japanese side with the recognition that the investment amount will not drop greatly even if the operation speed and the station are reduced. Under such circumstances, from the viewpoints of the population along the railroad and the economic power of residents, there is also a strong view that it is questionable whether or not a huge investment of several hundred billion baht can actually be collected.
According to the Thai Ministry of Home Affairs, the largest population in northern Thailand is Chiang Mai Province, with a population of around 1.7 million as of the end of 2015. The average household income in the northern part of 2017 was about 20,000 Baht a month, about half of the average in Bangkok and 41 thousand Baht. In addition to this, the Thai government has also been working with the Chinese government to construct a high-speed railroad between Bangkok and Nong Khai City in the north-east of Thailand on the border with Thailand, but the coordination and design between the two countries is delayed, and the future of the plan is uncertain It is.