SRT board finally approves dual-track railway plans

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BANGKOK, 26 March 2013 The board of the State Railway of Thailand has finally approved the construction of five dual-track rail routes, after a two-year delay. 

The five rail routes will be built as a “matter of urgency”, which means that their construction will begin without waiting for the construction of all other routes to pass environmental impact assessment.

The five routes approved are the Nakhon Pathom-Nong Pladuk-Hua Hin route, the Lopburi-Paknampho route, the Nakhon Ratchasima-Khon Kaen route, the Prachuap Khiri Khan-Chumphon route, and the Map Kabao-Thanon Chira route.

The dual-track railway projects will cost 176 billion baht in total. Its construction cost is included in the 2.2 trillion baht that the government plans to borrow for infrastructure projects.