Thai-Japanese High-Speed Train Railway Project Linking Bangkok And Chiang Mai

Japan has recommended to construct the first 380 km section of the Thai-Japanese high-speed railway.

The high-speed railway is Thailand and Japan’s joint investment project. They signed a MoU (memorandum of understanding) the previous year.

The main goal of the project is to help boost tourism and the economy from people who Book a train in Thailand specifically in the Central Plains of Thailand and the North.

Thailand’s government should show how it develops tourist and agricultural towns in the provinces that the 672 km train will pass through.

The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTTPP) was assigned to set out a plan to develop areas throughout the route. They were given a year to complete the plan.

According to a source from the Transport Ministry, Thailand initial estimation of the project cost was 440 billion baht. This is 90 billion baht lesser than the calculation of Japan. The project’s cost was something they previously have disagreed on. Thailand believed that the part of the rail route in Bang Sue, Bangkok to Ban Phachi in Ayutthaya can be shared with the other rail projects. Japan insisted on a separate track causing the increase in the project cost.

Taking into account the findings of Japan’s initial preliminary study where the route found for the project although socially viable is likely to fall short in terms of revenue, the link from Bangkok with the northern province of Phitsanulok will be built first. The remaining stretch covers the 292 km from Phitsanulok to Chiang Mai.

The Bangkok-Phitsanulok section confirmed better economic returns than the other part.

The findings will be proposed to the cabinet and due for approval the next month.

A detailed construction plan would be drawn up and should be completed by next year.

In 2018, bidding for the construction route will begin. The construction is to take only 3 years not 5 years.

When the work is completed, the rail project can launch its high-speed train service without having to wait for the other part to be completed.

Thailand and Japan has not reached an agreement yet on who will operate the high speed rail service although it is possibly the State Railway of Thailand (SRT).