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High speed train Bangkok – Korat 500 baht/one hour 17 minutes – “no way will it fail”

A government source has told the Thai media that there is no way that the controversial high speed Thai/Chinese rail project will fail.

A source within the ruling military government revealed that passengers on the Bangkok to Nakorn Ratchasima route would pay less than 2 baht per kilometer.

That means a fare of no more than 500 baht for a journey that is expected to take one hour and seventeen minutes.

The distance travelled would be 252 kilometers.

The project has been mired in controversy since it was first proposed, said Thai Rath, citing concerns over favors given to China and fears that Thailand is not ready for such technology and it is unsustainable.

But an unnamed source told them it would not fail.

The source cited two transport changes in recent years to back up the government’s assertions – the introduction of low cost domestic airlines and the MRT underground system.

“When low cost airlines came in everyone said they were still too expensive for the Thai market,” said the source,” they were just for the rich. But look now – they have been a great success.

“Then there was the MRT – people said it would fail, couldn’t be built in the low lying mud of Bangkok but this has been similarly successful with huge numbers of passengers.

“There is no way that the high speed train will fail,” he said.

The government is using powers under Article 44 to push on with the project despite concerns raised in many quarters, said Thai Rath.

Thai Visa / Thai Rath



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