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Thailand-China high-speed railway expected to start in 2023

Source: ASIA PACIFIC DAILY    Time:2019-09-09 15:03:52
According to an official, the first phase of a high-speed railway between Thailand and China will be complete and start operating in 2023.
By Liang Yanzhi
Deputy government spokesperson, Traisuree Taisaranakul made the announcement on Tuesday, and informed that it is a 873 kilometres (km) long railway line.
The first phase of the railway would be 252 km and would connect Bangkok, the capital of Thailand to Nakhon Ratchasima, a province in north-east.
According to a report published in Strait Times, “Thailand will shoulder the total construction cost of 179 billion baht (S$8.13 billion) for the first phase, with China responsible for installing systems, design and the procurement of trains, a government video released to reporters showed.”
“The project - part of China's planned network of rail links across South-east Asia that would eventually connect Kunming in south-west China with Singapore - was delayed in 2016 when Thailand rejected Chinese financing due to high interest rates,” the report further said.
The Governor of State Railway of Thailand, Worawut Mala informed that the construction contracts would be finalised this year.
The high-speed railway will be able to run at a speed of 250 km per hour and its tickets are expected to be priced between 107 baht and 534 baht.

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