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Bangkok all set to be China’s rail hub

By on Jan 07, 2016 in Hotel-Tourism, Industrial

Bangkok industry has received a boost with the announcement of China’s ambitious plan to establish 3 rail routes called the “Pan-Asia Railway Network” with rail connections across Southeast Asian nations, with Bangkok as the hub.

Thailand and China have agreed to build the 845 km double track rail routes to cover the Bangkok, Kaeng Khoi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nong Khai section and the Kaeng Khoi, Map Ta Phut section. This is just part of the route which ultimately will run from the Chinese city of Kunming, through Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and ends at Singapore.

Costs are due to be finalised in February 2016 and construction to start in May.

Trains could run from Bangkok to Nong Khai in 229.5 minutes at a speed of 180 km per hour.

Ultimately the lines will pass through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and end in Singapore with 5,500 km in total distance. The Pan-Asia Railway Network will promote trade and increasing cross culturalisation between China and the Indochinese region. Bangkok will become the key strategic location in the region.

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Source: Bangkok Post 28th December 2015

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