Thailand Plans $30bn Railway Upgrade

2 November 2009 (Last Updated November 2nd, 2009 18:30)

Thailand's Transportation Ministry is preparing a 20-year plan to upgrade the state railway system involving an investment of $29.9bn (THB1tr). The plan is to improve the railway system to meet international standards, with work planned to be carried out over three phases until 2029.

Thailand's Transportation Ministry is preparing a 20-year plan to upgrade the state railway system involving an investment of $29.9bn (THB1tr).

The plan is to improve the railway system to meet international standards, with work planned to be carried out over three phases until 2029.

The first three-year stage will involve replacing the old train engine cars and improving signalling systems across the network.

The second phase from 2011 to 2020 involves converting the existing single-track lines to dual-track lines.

The third phase from 2020 to 2029 involves work on four high-speed train routes.

The proposal will be submitted to the cabinet for approval shortly, the ministry said.