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The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has given the green light for the second phase of the Thai-Chinese high-speed rail project. This phase, which spans from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai, has an investment total of 341.35 billion baht.

 

Details were shared by SRT governor, Nirut Maneepan, who disclosed that the project’s approval occurred during a recent board meeting. Chirute Visalachitra, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Land Transport (DLT), presided over the meeting.

 

This ambitious project, a joint venture between Thailand and China, seeks to establish a rail system between  Bangkok and Nong Khai, covering a distance of 607 kilometres. The upcoming second phase will span an impressive 357.12 kilometres from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai.


The planned route is split into two sections: a 202.48-kilometre elevated structure and a 154.64-kilometre ground-level railway. Five stations are included in the development plan, namely Bua Yai, Ban Phai, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, and Nong Khai.


The next step for the SRT is to present the project to the Transport Ministry, which will then propose it to the cabinet for approval within the year.

 

The civil engineering aspect of the project is slated for completion within four years, with the electric rail system construction estimated to take an additional five and a half years. The anticipated operation commencement for the train service is set for 2031.

 

Significantly, the civil engineering design for the project’s second phase has already been completed. The environmental impact assessment (EIA) report also received the green light from an Environmental Impact Assessment Division committee on February 16.

 

In addition to the rail project, the SRT board has also endorsed the idea of having a company invest in the Natha cross dock in Nong Khai, which is part of the train project’s second phase, reported Bangkok Post.

 

Only last week, Deputy Transport Minister Surapong Piyachote revealed that SRT soon expects the closure of the final chapters in the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway’s first phase.

 

by Bob Scott 

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Source: The Thaiger 2024-04-23

 

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The civil engineering aspect of the project is slated for completion within four years, with the electric rail system construction estimated to take an additional five and a half years. The anticipated operation commencement for the train service is set for 2031.

 

Keeping in mind they have not started yet and it is now 2024, how does 4+5.5 years = 2031 ?

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

This phase, which spans from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai, has an investment total of 341.35 billion baht.

That's expensive.

Over US$9 billion

2 hours ago, webfact said:

The upcoming second phase will span an impressive 357.12 kilometres from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai.

Impressive? 

 

The Kunming-Vientenne high-speed rail line is 1022 km long, built on schedule in 5 years with 62 km of bridges and 198 km of tunnels.

 

What's impressive is the total cost of US$6 billion.

 

Hub of "Anything you can do, I can keep studying by committee for decades!"

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2 hours ago, JoePai said:

The civil engineering aspect of the project is slated for completion within four years, with the electric rail system construction estimated to take an additional five and a half years. The anticipated operation commencement for the train service is set for 2031.

 

Keeping in mind they have not started yet and it is now 2024, how does 4+5.5 years = 2031 ?

 

Assume the reporter is cutting-and-pasting from older articles.

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Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima

  • Cost: $5.4 billion.
  • Length: 252 km.
  • Top speed: 250 km/h.
  • When: Construction expected to begin in early 2018.
  • The project will be financed solely by the Thai government after negotiations with the Chinese side fell through. At issue were the interest rates being offered by Chinese lenders (2%, when the Thai government could borrow publically at 1.9%),

source: geopoliticalmonitor.com

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11 minutes ago, dinsdale said:

Great news for the CCP that's for sure. I would like to know the % of Chinese workers brought in to do the work and get paid by the Thai taxpayer to Thai workers. 

 

Who cares.

Long-term prospects are great for that kind of project.

 

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4 minutes ago, TheFatOne said:

 

Who cares.

Long-term prospects are great for that kind of project.

 

Who cares? If your happy that the Thai govt supports the totalitarian CCP then that's your choice. I for one am not. It's always a very one sided thing when it comes to them.

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22 minutes ago, dinsdale said:

Who cares? If your happy that the Thai govt supports the totalitarian CCP then that's your choice. I for one am not. It's always a very one sided thing when it comes to them.

 

Spare me the usual resentful garbage about China please...

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19 minutes ago, TheFatOne said:

 

Spare me the usual resentful garbage about China please...

Not China, not the Chinese but the CCP. You know the totalitarian system run by Xi and his CCP.

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1 hour ago, dinsdale said:

Great news for the CCP that's for sure. I would like to know the % of Chinese workers brought in to do the work and get paid by the Thai taxpayer to Thai workers. 

As far as I am aware there is no plan to use Chinese labor., especially for the infrastructure works.
The current first stage infrastructure works are being done by Thai companies with Thai workers. Only the rail systems are done by the Chinese for the first stage.
Logically, the Chinese would be expected to do the Rail systems on the second phase.
But I think that some of the work, such as trackwork, should be done by Thai workers once the first stage has been built and SRT know precisely what needs to be done.

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1 hour ago, TheFatOne said:

Great news for Thailand.

This is gonna be a game changer for the country.

China will own the economy of Laos, Cambodia and Thailand eventually.

 

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56 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

China will own the economy of Laos, Cambodia and Thailand eventually.

 

 

Nonsense...

Same crap I've heard about the US owning South America or Europe owning Africa.

Please, cut me some slack with your delusional theories.

Thx

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5 minutes ago, TheFatOne said:

 

Educate yourself.

Are you saying that Xi Jinping is't a dictator and China isn't under a dictatorship. If you are I believe I have education on my side. Xi's philoshophy harkens back to the Mao era. 

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8 minutes ago, dinsdale said:

Are you saying that Xi Jinping is't a dictator and China isn't under a dictatorship. If you are I believe I have education on my side. Xi's philoshophy harkens back to the Mao era. 

 

As I said, get educated on China and its political system.

Throwing around words like authoritarianism or dictatorship is dumb.

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2 hours ago, TheFatOne said:

 

Nonsense...

Same crap I've heard about the US owning South America or Europe owning Africa.

Please, cut me some slack with your delusional theories.

Thx

Time will tell, China has many facilities, companies and Casinos in Cambodia, plus it has built lots of infrastructure, all at a price. Those companies are supplied materials by China, all the products are priced and shipped by China, the labour mostly locals... Cambodia sings to Chinas song or it pulls the plug...

It owns your economy.

Maybe not so delusional as you say.. but my opinion which I'm welcome to as you are yours... 

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6 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

Time will tell, China has many facilities, companies and Casinos in Cambodia, plus it has built lots of infrastructure, all at a price. Those companies are supplied materials by China, all the products are priced and shipped by China, the labour mostly locals... Cambodia sings to Chinas song or it pulls the plug...

It owns your economy.

Maybe not so delusional as you say.. but my opinion which I'm welcome to as you are yours... 

BS.

Europe is full of american tech.

Doesn't mean that Europe is owned by the US.

Actually quiet the opposite.

Europe is going its own way more and more.

Recently sign a trade deal with China against US will.

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8 hours ago, JoePai said:

The civil engineering aspect of the project is slated for completion within four years, with the electric rail system construction estimated to take an additional five and a half years. The anticipated operation commencement for the train service is set for 2031.

 

Keeping in mind they have not started yet and it is now 2024, how does 4+5.5 years = 2031 ?

Skip the Italics next time please. Unreadable

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1 hour ago, TheFatOne said:

BS.

Europe is full of american tech.

Doesn't mean that Europe is owned by the US.

Actually quiet the opposite.

Europe is going its own way more and more.

Recently sign a trade deal with China against US will.

Are you are referring to the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), which was only agreed to in principle and not started, and by all accounts appears to be dead in the water now?  Or maybe you are referring to headlines last week including, "EU Goes on China Trade Offensive After Getting ‘Played’? Yeah, the names might change but the game doesn't.

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36 minutes ago, Silencer said:

Yeah, the names might change but the game doesn't.

 

What doesn't change is resentful american propaganda :D

EU-China exchanges account for 1/3 of world's GDP, regardless of which deal has been signed or not.

My point was it's not because a country invests in another country that it will turn it into a colony.

 

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Just now, TheFatOne said:

 

I'm not sure how much money one can make with infrastructure honestly.

Do you really think ?

Maybe I dunno.

 

Those in control of this will make billions, whether they are Chinese or Thai. 

 

Nothing ever gets done here in Thailand without proper financial incentives. 

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3 minutes ago, Mr Meeseeks said:

 

Those in control of this will make billions, whether they are Chinese or Thai. 

 

Nothing ever gets done here in Thailand without proper financial incentives. 

 

Yeah, you're probably right.

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9 hours ago, hotchilli said:

China will own the economy of Laos, Cambodia and Thailand eventually.

 

Don't forget Myanmar. Xi's expansionism under the guise of economic assistance.

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