Twin-track eastern rail link opens to connect Chachoengsao, Laem Chabang port

Friday, 20 January 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 3 By  MCOT

Thailand’s eastern double-track railroad linking Chachoengsao with Chonburi’s Laem Chabang opened Thursday, which expanded the country’s road and rail logistics system with a connection to the deepwater Laem Chabang Port.

Deputy Transport Minister Pol Lt-Gen Chat Kuldilok presided over the railway’s opening ceremony.

The railroad will also support the Lat Krabang Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Bangkok, as planned by the ministry and the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), the deputy transport minister said.

The Lat Krabang depot currently handles some 400,000 containers per year. After the double-track railroad’s opening, it is expected to serve 800,000 containers annually in the near future and up to one million within a few years.

The ministry will speed up other double-track railway construction links with the Chachoengsao-Laem Chabang route to support the transport sector.

On the same occasion, Pol Lt-Gen Chat launched a railway passenger car for handicapped passengers and travelers with wheelchairs, considered as a development of SRT services to serve the elderly and handicapped and as a part of the government’s policy to support the quality of life of such groups of people.

The Chachoengsao-Laem Chabang double-track railroad covers Chachoengsao and Chonburi provinces. It was built with an investment of Bt5.85 billion for a 78km length. From Chachoengsao station, the route passes through Chonburi, Bang Phra, and Sriracha, terminating at Laem Chabang station.

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