Thailand's high-speed train project underway

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Re: Thailand's high-speed train project underway

Post by Dannie Boy » Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:03 am

At the moment the rail service is hopelessly outdated so no surprise that it's not the transport of choice for most people. However, if there was a fast service from HH to BKK at a competitive price, then I'd be more than happy to use it, but I'm an infrequent traveller, normally not more than twice a year, so they wouldn't survive on my custom.

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Post by Takiap » Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:11 pm

Well, if CP and ThaiBev are showing an interest, then I'm inclined to think that there must be a lot of potential profit to be made.

Will there be enough passengers? Of course there will be; CP will only have to strike a deal to have an on board 7/11 on the trains, and then every seat is likely to be booked weeks in advance. :laugh:



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Post by buksida » Thu May 21, 2015 10:04 am

TCC Group shows interest in high-speed train project
TCC Group, owned by billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, has confirmed it is looking at joining the country's first high-speed train project.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had previously said several private companies might team up with big companies such as Charoen Pokphand Group, TCC or BTS Group Holdings to invest in two high-speed train routes - Bangkok-Hua Hin and Bangkok-Pattaya.

Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi, chief executive of Thai Beverage Plc, a unit of TCC, said the company would conduct a feasibility study on the joint development of the high-speed train project.

"TCC is always open to new business opportunities. We expect to finalise the decision next month," he said.

Group businesses range from beverages and hotels to property and retail. It reportedly owns 10,000 rai of land in Phetchaburi province, drawing high speculation it will opt for the Bangkok-Hua Hin route.

Source: Bangkok Post
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Post by buksida » Fri May 22, 2015 9:53 am

High-speed Hua Hin line design finalised
Design work on a proposed high-speed rail route from Bangkok to Hua Hin is now complete.

Transport authorities are now drafting the terms of reference (ToR) and will call for bids among prospective investors, Transport Minister Prajin Juntong said yesterday.

The bidding is expected to be held in early August this year, following preparation of the ToR.

Then, the private company which is awarded the project can start building the route with the work likely to take two-and-a-half to three years, ACM Prajin said.

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Re: Thailand's high-speed train project underway

Post by JamesWest » Fri May 22, 2015 12:16 pm

i rode the "express" train #40 from HH to BKK. 420 baht second class with air con. Four hours flat to get there. half hour later I was in Soi cowboy, the number one destination in SEA.

i wonder how much faster this will be? are we talking about all new tracks the whole way exclusively for this train? what companies in Thailand know anything about building modern trains? Same same as BKK Skytrain construction company? lets hope a EU company with real engineers are awarded this project. Sad the USA is so far out of the loop.
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Post by pharvey » Fri May 22, 2015 12:35 pm

JamesWest wrote:........... Soi cowboy, the number one destination in SEA.
yeah.... right. :roll:
JamesWest wrote:lets hope a EU company with real engineers are awarded this project.
Not a chance.... Chinese "investment" will secure the project. Ultimately they want the link to Malaysia and Singapore.
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Post by oakdale160 » Sat May 23, 2015 10:59 am

Who has the experience--- Japan and China, they have built and operated them with success.

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Post by StevePIraq » Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:47 pm

Not the Hua HIn leg but still big news

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Post by buksida » Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:35 pm

High-speed Hua Hin line design finalised
Design work on a proposed high-speed rail route from Bangkok to Hua Hin is now complete.

Transport authorities are now drafting the terms of reference (ToR) and will call for bids among prospective investors, Transport Minister Prajin Juntong said yesterday.

The bidding is expected to be held in early August this year, following preparation of the ToR.

Then, the private company which is awarded the project can start building the route with the work likely to take two-and-a-half to three years, ACM Prajin said.

So far, three Thai firms have expressed interest in investing in the project. They are Bangkok skytrain operator BTS Group Holdings, agro-industrial conglomerate Charoen Pokphand (CP) and TTC Group, the parent company of Thai Beverage Plc.

Companies from Germany, China, Japan and Hong Kong are also eyeing the project, but the government will give priority to domestic firms, ACM Prajin said.

"Thai companies can join hands with whoever, but we want to see Thais lead the project," he said, adding that he does not want to see Thais serving as nominees for foreign investors.

The cost of the 206km Bangkok-Hua Hin route is initially estimated at 90 billion baht.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general ... -finalised
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Re: Thailand's high-speed train project underway

Post by buksida » Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:38 pm

France interest in fast rail to Hua Hin
French ambassador Gilles Garachon, second right, met Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, third right, at the Transport Ministry in Bangkok on Wednesday. (Transport Ministry photo)

The French ambassador to Thailand has told the transport minister that France is interested in developing a high-speed railway from Bangkok to Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan and building an aircraft maintenance facility at U-Tapao airport.

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said after meeting French ambassador Gilles Garachon on Wednesday that France wanted to invest in the high-speed train route from Bangkok to Hua Hin as well as Bangkok electric railways on the Kae Rai-Min Buri, Thailand Cultural Centre-Min Buri and Lat Phrao-Samrong routes, and a tram system on Phuket island.

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Re: Thailand's high-speed train project underway

Post by HHCanuck » Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:51 pm

OMG if the French get involved it will never be finished. 30 hour work week, 1 hour breaks and 2 hour lunches plus going on strike once a month.

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Post by JamesWest » Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:56 pm

Maybe a good glass of wine will be available on the train.

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Re: Thailand's high-speed train project underway

Post by oakdale160 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:56 pm

Whoever is the engineering company the labor will be Thai. Chinese or Japanese middle management would be better at supervising them than Europeans.

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Re: Thailand's high-speed train project underway

Post by oakdale160 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:16 pm

I see that several train projects have been put on hold again. Both to the north Laos and the south Malaysia thingsare moving along.

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Re: Thailand's high-speed train project underway

Post by oakdale160 » Sat May 14, 2016 2:37 pm

According to the NATION the h-s-r project is ON again after a meeting of Thai and Chinese govts. A doubletrack, standard gague, first stage of 270K, work to start in sept.

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