Thailand, Japan conducting test run on rail system in Ratchaburi

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RATCHABURI – Thailand and Japan are testing a rail system that connects the port of Laem Chabang and the port of Dawei in Myanmar.

The railway project resulting from the cooperation of Thailand and Japan is being tested before its official opening. The test run was presided over yesterday by Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, who was accompanied by Deputy Transport Minister Omsin Chiwaphruek and Tsutomu Shimura, Deputy Director-General of the Railway Bureau under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan.

During the test period, small containers are being transported across various routes such as Kanchanaburi-Bangkok, Bangkok- Chachoengsao – Aranyaprathet, and Bangkok- Chachoengsao-Laem Chabang.

According to Mr Arkhom, Japan has been a great partner in implementing this project, passing on its extensive knowledge on rail technology to Thailand. With Japan’s expertise, he said Thailand will be able to stabilize its infrastructure, which will in turn bring greater economic growth.

In the meantime, Mr Shimura said Japan is determined to help Thailand reduce transportation costs as well as improve the country’s logistics system.