High-speed rail in Thailand

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In October 2010, the Thai parliament decided to continue planning for a high speed rail (HSR) network. Five different lines - which would touch Bangkok - were to be planned. The lines would be able to handle speeds of 250 km/h.

As of 2019, construction in Nakhon Ratchasima Province of [a] high-speed rail, had become around 3.5 kilometers of high-speed rail.[1] In January 2021, a government spokesperson said that construction had started on a second high-speed railway: "the high-speed railway linking three airports" [from Bangkok to Rayong (province)].[2]

High Speed Routes[change | change source]

High-Speed Corridor Route Speed (km/h) Length (km) Network Projected Operation Status
Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima High-Speed Railway BangkokAyutthayaSaraburiNakhon Ratchasima 250 250 China "could be in service by 2026"[3] Under construction
Bangkok-Rayong High-Speed Railway BangkokChachoengsaoChonburiRayong 250 193.5 Thai privatized 2026-2027 EIA
Nakhon Ratchasima-Vientiane Railway Nakhon RatchasimaKhon KaenUdon ThaniNong KhaiVientiane Unknown 380 China 2029 Waiting for approval (as of 2022's first quarter) from the Cabinet of Thailand[2]
Bangkok-Hua Hin High-Speed Railway BangkokNakhon PathomRatchaburiPhetchaburiHua Hin 250 211 Thai privatized Unknown EIA
Bangkok-Phitsanulok High-Speed Railway BangkokAyutthayaPhitsanulok 250 384 Japan Unknown Planning has stopped (as of 2019)[4]
Phitsanulok-Chiang Mai High-Speed Railway PhitsanulokUttaraditLampangChiang Mai 250 285 Japan Unknown Planning has stopped (as of 2019)[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Thailand to speed up train link with China", Bangkok Post, Bangkok Post Public Company Limited, retrieved 2019-05-14
  2. 2.0 2.1 Provincial rail projects receive priority
  3. Marukatat, Saritdet (17 September 2021). "Nong Khai plans for rail link with China". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hongtong, Thodsapol (27 September 2019). "Govt mulls end of fast train plan". Bangkok Post. Archived from the original on 13 October 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2019.