Thailand has approved a USD 23.3 billion transport project of two high-speed railways
August 4, 2014, Thailand’s military government has approved a $23 billion dollar plan to build a high-speed railway that will eventually link with China.
In the future it’s hoped to extend the line south to Singapore, meaning passengers and freight could travel from north to south Asia in as little as 12 hours. Martin Lowe reports:
Upgrading the existing rail network should begin next year and be complete by 2021. It’s part of an eight-year investment that will see improvements to rail services, better public transport in the capital, new highways and upgrades to ports and airports at a total cost of around $94 billion dollars. Source: CCTV America. Thailand has approved a USD 23.3 billion transport project of two high-speed railways that directly connect with southwest China's Yunnan Province by 2021. The Kunming-Singapore railway, one of Asia's longest railway systems, is also under planning and construction. These moves are seen as further consolidation of China's influence within southeast Asia.(file photo), source: People.cn
For now, #Thailand's trains are going nowhere fast. The state-run #railway carries 50 million passengers a year, but it's long suffered from a lack of investment. But all that may be about to change. Thailand's new military government has approved a $23 billion dollar plan to build two high-speed routes. Source: CCTV America.