Thailand and China to sign meeting’s outcome on standard gauge railway construction

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NONG KHAI, 11 March 2015 – Transport Minister Prajin Juntong has unveiled the outcome of the third meeting between Thailand and China on the joint development of a 1.435-meter standard-gauge rail network (Nong Khai-Nakhon Ratchasima- Kaeng Khoi-Map Ta Phut) held in Nong Khai, Thailand. 

He said he led the Chinese working group to Nong Khai during March 10-11 to observe the locations for the railway construction in order to show them the high potential of the province to be an interchange for passengers to connect with trains to Kunming of China and Vientiane of Laos. On March 15, he said Thailand will hold talks with Laos on a proposal to develop rail routes linking Bangkok, Vientiane and Kunming. The connection is expected to benefit greatly tourism and investment.

According to the Transport Minister, China and Thailand also reached an agreement on the distribution of the work involved, which will be a clear guide for each country to fulfill its obligations. Details of the work distribution will be discussed again at the fourth meeting of the jont working group to be held in Kunming, China during May 6-8, during which the format of loans is expected to be reached.

On March 27, the Transport Minister will report the outcome of all meetings and the progress of the project from January and March to the cabinet. In addition, it will make a budget proposal for employing consultancy companies to oversee EIA survey, project management and project assessment.