Solid lines represent initial phases of the high speed rail line. Faded lines represent future phases. Click on red markers for towns.
Main points from the article:
- Three other lines from Bangkok to Phitsanulok (North), Nakhon Ratchasima (East) and Hua Hin (South) are to be completed in 2019.
- The planned four high-speed rail routes are part of infrastructure projects tabled before the cabinet for approval. The bill will be forwarded to parliament by the end of March 2013 for final approval.
- Chula Sookmanob, director of the Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning Office, said the government expected to invite bids for the four high-speed trains in September.
- The government will be establishing a new organization to manage the high-speed links.
Eventual Thailand-Malaysia High Speed Rail Link
The South Line terminates at Hat Yai across the Malaysian border. With the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high speed rail recently endorsed by the Prime Ministers of both countries its only a matter of time that Malaysia and Thailand will be linked up by high speed rail.
In fact Thailand’s Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt has already proposed to his Singapore counterpart that the high-speed rail network between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur be linked with the south of Thailand.
Thailand is well ahead of Malaysia and Singapore in this respect as the project is tabled for approval very soon.
Thailand’s Coastal Tourism and Community Development Set to Boom
Without doubt the access afforded by the high speed rail will see coastal regions in the Gulf of Thailand booming – from coastal locations like Hua Hin and Pattaya to islands like Koh Samui and Koh Chang.