The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is gearing up to establish a novel venture dedicated exclusively to managing the upcoming high-speed train networks in the northeastern part of the nation. This initiative is strategically aimed at bolstering Thailand’s railway connectivity with its northern neighbor, China.
Taking cues from the SRT Electrified Train Co. Ltd, the entity presently entrusted with overseeing Bangkok’s Airport Rail Link and the SRT Red Line, the proposed new company is poised to adopt a similar operational framework. Within this framework, the Ministry of Transport is actively engaged in shaping the structural framework of this impending entity. Anticipated to finalize its findings by the close of the current year, the ministry is orchestrating meticulous efforts to lay down the groundwork for the envisioned organization.
This strategic timeline aligns with the goal of expeditiously establishing the new company in time for the transfer of high-speed rail expertise from China to Thai personnel in 11 key domains. This knowledge exchange is anticipated to transpire in the latter part of the upcoming year, 2024.
Concurrently, alongside this endeavor, the SRT has reported significant headway in the ongoing project that involves the development of a 253-kilometer high-speed rail track, seamlessly connecting the capital city, Bangkok, with Nakhon Ratchasima in the northeastern region. At present, the progress has crossed the threshold of approximately 24% of the total scope, representing a substantial leap forward. With an estimated budget of 179 billion baht, this venture was set into motion in 2017, with the initial phase of high-speed train services projected to commence by 2027.
Among the commendable achievements reached thus far is the successful completion of a 3.5-kilometer stretch connecting the Klang Dong and Pang Asok stations in Nakhon Ratchasima. Further strides have been made with an 11-kilometer stretch linking the Sikhio and Kut Chik stations, now standing at over 98% completion and on track to conclude later this year.
Advancements in construction are also evident across several segments spanning regions including Saraburi and Nakhon Ratchasima. This encompasses key areas such as Muak Lek, Kaeng Khoi, and Lam Takhong, which collectively highlight the steady progress being made toward elevating Thailand’s rail infrastructure to a new era of connectivity and efficiency.