The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Tuesday gave a green light to the Transport Ministry’s eight-year infrastructure development plan which highlights two high-speed dual track railway lines at 741 billion baht and the construction of six metre-gauge standard dual track railway routes covering a total distance of 887 kilometres at the cost of over 127 billion baht.
The two 1.435 metre wide or standard gauge high-speed dual track railway lines will be built from Nong Khai to Mab Ta Phut in the Eastern Seaboard, and from Chiang Khong in Chiang Rai to Ban Phachi railway junction in Lopburi.

The ministry’s eight-year infrastructure development scheme begins next year and last until 2022.

But for the six one-metre gauge railway track projects, they will begin on an urgent basis beginning from this year until next year.

The two standard-gauge routes are seen to replace the much-criticised high-speed train project initiated by the Yingluck government involving four routes, Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Bangkok to Rayong, Bangkok to Nong Khai, and Bangkok to Padang Besar.

Approved at the meeting of the NCPO at yesterday’s meeting, Transport ministry’s permanent secretary Soithip Traisuth said the two new routes could also served as a transport link between Thailand and South China.

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