SRT continues public hearings on new rail links

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Chonburi Province Office Director Supot Phumkiatkajon (center) presides over a March 8 State Railway of Thailand public hearing to discuss new rail lines connecting the Maptaput industrial zone with Bangkok.
Chonburi Province Office Director Supot Phumkiatkajon (center) presides over a March 8 State Railway of Thailand public hearing to discuss new rail lines connecting the Maptaput industrial zone with Bangkok.

The State Railway of Thailand continued public hearings for its project that will see new rail lines connecting the Maptaput industrial zone with Bangkok.

Chonburi Province Office Director Supot Phumkiatkajon opened the March 8 meeting at the Asia Pattaya Hotel, the second in a series of six scheduled through the week. The final hearing was in Chonburi March 13.

The hearing addressed the project’s feasibility study project, which began in October and runs through September. It assesses the appropriateness, design and environmental impact of the passenger line linking Bangkok’s Airport Rail Link station in Hua Mark to Cha­choengsao and Sriracha, and double-track freight rail between Laem Chabang Port, Sattahip Commercial Port and the Maptaput Industrial Estate.

The logistics upgrade is part of the government’s Eastern Economic Corridor project and lays the foundation for later rail links with Myanmar.

Representatives from public organizations, local academic institutes, state enterprises, local administration organizations, private businesses and community groups heard a presentation on the routes and options for rail grade crossings.

Four different designs are being considered for places where tracks cross streets, including train bridges, vehicle bridges, underpasses and U-turn bridges. Pedestrian and motorbike overpasses also are being planned.

During construction the SRT plans to install temporary noise barriers and will hose down construction zones twice daily to mitigate air pollution from dust.

Opinions collected in the hearings will be forwarded to the Transport Ministry for consideration while drafting the final feasibility study.