State Railway of Thailand (SRT) wants to invest an extra 300 billion baht in the second phase of the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway project.
According to SRT authorities, the layout for the 356-kilometer part of the second phase of the project extending from Nakhon Ratchasima to the border province of Nong Khai has been finalized. Before starting, the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) will shortly get an environmental impact assessment (EIA).
In January or February of next year, the SRT will propose a proposal for discussion to its executive board before submitting it to the Cabinet for approval. If approved, bids will be solicited and a winner will be decided by the end of 2023.
The SRT stated that 13 contracts will be granted in 2024 for the commencement of the four-year rail construction project. One will be given for the railroad signaling system and twelve will be awarded for construction.
In numerous northeastern provinces, including Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, and Nong Khai, the second phase of the project includes a 185-kilometer ground track and a 171-kilometer elevated track. The line will have five stations located in Bua Yai, Ban Phai, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, and Nong Khai.
The high-speed railway project is divided into three phases, with the final phase connecting Nong Khai to the capitals of Laos and China’s Yunnan Province, respectively.