In a significant stride towards enhancing the efficiency and connectivity of Thailand’s railway infrastructure, a series of new double-track rail sections are poised to open their tracks this year. The ripple effects of these developments are expected to reverberate through commuter convenience and logistical cost savings.
The interim government has unveiled a strategic roadmap aimed at unlocking further sections of double-track rail lines across the Northern, Northeastern, and Southern corridors managed by the State Railway of Thailand. Deputy Government Spokesperson, Rachada Dhnadirek, conveyed this pivotal announcement.
Anticipated to debut this year are three pivotal sections: the 145-kilometer stretch along the Northern Line from Lopburi to Pak Nam Pho; the Bandai Ma – Khlong Khanan Chit passage on the Map Kabao – Thanon Chira Junction trajectory within the Northeastern Line; and the Bang Saphan Noi – Chumphon segment within the Nakhon Pathom – Chumphon route of the Southern Line.
Simultaneously, two ambitious construction ventures, the Den Chan – Chaing Rai – Chiang Khong railway project on the Northern Line, and the Ban Phai – Mukdahan – Nakhon Phanom undertaking, are progressing with fervor.
The culmination of the planned initial phase of this double-track railway overhaul, encompassing an impressive 700 kilometers of track, is projected to catalyze a surge in railway capacity. This augmentation will facilitate operators in offering higher frequency services, a boon for commuters. Moreover, this transformation promises to truncate travel times by a minimum of one hour.
Deputy Spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek further detailed the government’s comprehensive vision, outlining the forthcoming second phase of the double-track railway initiative. This bold initiative is anticipated to interlace a railway network spanning over 3,000 kilometers, catering to approximately 50 provinces by 2029.
A core facet of this expansive endeavor is the elevation of operational speeds. Freight trains are set to transition from their current speed of 29 kilometers per hour to a swifter 60 kilometers per hour, while passenger trains are poised to blaze ahead at operational speeds ranging between 100 to 120 kilometers per hour. It’s pertinent to note, however, that the realization of this visionary project hinges on the forthcoming administration’s commitment.
In summary, Thailand’s railway landscape stands on the brink of a transformative era, as the nation’s double-track railway network endeavors to foster seamless connectivity, streamlined logistics, and an elevated travel experience for its citizens.