SRT hears public opinion for northeastern line double track railway project

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KHON KAEN, 7 July 2015 – The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) hosts first public participation forum on the Khon Kaen – Nong Khai double track railway project in Khon Kaen Province.

The Vice Governor of Khon Kaen Prasert Luechathananon presided over the public participation forum on the survey and design phase of the Khon Kaen – Nong Khai double track railway project. The forum was held on the 7 July 2015 at the Kosa Hotel in Khon Kaen Province.

The SRT’s Deputy Chief of Civil Engineer Wannop Paisalpong said the forum will serve to publicize the project’s details to the public and to encourage public participation on this project right from the beginning.

Participants were informed on the rationale and objectives of this project, its concept plan, and the management procedures. Participants were also allowed to suggest, comment and express their opinions on this project.

The Khon Kaen – Nong Khai double track railway project is an infrastructure development project that involves the construction of a 174-kilometer long meter gauge railway track, in parallel with the existing track from Khon Kaen to Nong Khai, passing through a total of 15 stations. Construction that overpass, underpass, or those that will replace the existing level crossings will also be included in the project.

Trains will be able to reach speeds up to 120-160 kilometers per hour once the construction is completed, providing the public with less traveling time due to higher track capacity, an increased efficiency of public transit, a reduction in energy consumption and emissions, and an improvement in road safety. It is expected that the project will attract more passengers to utilize the nation’s rail services.