Thailand’s much hyped high speed rail project, financed partially by China, is delayed


The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) told associated media on Saturday, August 29th, the planned 220 kilometre long high-speed rail project linking Thailand’s three major airports, Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-Tapao, will be delayed.

An exact time-frame of the delay was not given. The project is a major proponent of the Eastern Economic Corridor project to build up infrastructure in the Chonburi and Pattaya area.

According to the Governor of the SRT,  Nirut Maneephan, the budget to make way for the high speed rail, including with demolishing current infrastructure, has not been approved for multiple reasons, including the Covid-19 pandemic.

The agreement on the high speed rail was originally signed last year. You can read more about that here. 

The 7.22 billion US dollar project is a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement between the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and consortium, led by Charoen Pokphand Holding Co. and consisting of China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC).


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