SRT launches $3.1 billion project for East-West corridor railway in Thailand
The project is the first section in a planned East-West Economic Corridor double-track route, which will support transportation links to neighbouring Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.
The SRT board on Thursday approved the appointment of Tesco Co, Chulalongkorn University and Design Concept Co with a budget of 161 million baht, said SRT governor Niruj Maneepun.
The joint team has been given 360 days to conduct the study, design details, and environmental impacts assessment (EIA) for the new 256km railway linking Mae Sot, Kamphaeng Phet and Nakhon Sawan.
After that, an investment model and budget for construction will be finalised.
The SRT will requisition land to build the new route, which will support transportation from the border along the East-West Corridor to the planned Nakhon Sawan-Ban Phai and Ban Phai-Nakhon Phanom rail lines, said Niruj. ■