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Work on the approved dual track high speed rail links from Bangkok to Hua Hin and Bangkok to Rayong could begin as soon as next year.
Feasibility studies and investment strategies at the State Railways are in the latter stages of preparation ahead of presentation to the Communication Ministry before government committees have the final say on what form the plans will take.
The railway would dramatically cut journey times from the seaside resorts on the eastern seaboard and south of Bangkok to the capital city while potentially joining both resort areas.
Tenders are expected to be sought for the estimated costs of the projects that amount to 94,600 million baht for the Hua Hin route and 152,000 million baht for the Rayong route.
Surawut Benjakul of the State Railways of Thailand said that now the proposals have been approved by the SRT, building is expected to start early next year, pending cabinet approval. No time frame has yet been put on a possible completion scale for the mega project.
Feelers have also been put out to develop infrastructure and joint business projects that would be built along the railway and at certain hubs.
The “Smart City” initiative in conjunction with petroleum company PTT aims to develop businesses to the south and south east of the capital that would benefit from close proximity to the proposed railway.
Initial plans to proceed with the development of both railways were announced last week but government approval will likely come later this year.