Thai cabinet approves two new city train lines in Bangkok

BANGKOK, July 26 (Xinhua) -- The cabinet of Thailand approved construction of two red railway lines at a cost of 44.16 billion baht (1.26 billion U.S. dollars) in the capital Bangkok on Tuesday.
The newly approved 25.9-kilometer-long lines are projects of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT).

The Light Red Line runs from Bang Sue to Hua Mark, while the dark one runs from Bang Sue to Hua Lamphong.
Deputy Transport Minister Ormsin Chivapruck said the SRT will forward the terms of reference for the two projects to Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak in August and SRT is expected to call bids for both projects in September, Khaosod reported.

The construction is planned to start in February 2017, said Kobsak Pootrakool, vice minister at the Prime Minister's Office, adding that both lines are expected to open to public in 2020.

"Once this project is completed, it will change the lives of people in Bangkok," Kobsak said.

The two new routes will link with another phase of the red line under construction running from Bang Sue, to Don Meuang Airport and finally to Rangsit, which is set to open in 2018.

According to Bangkok Post, these train projects are among about 20 infrastructure projects that the government hopes to get underway before 2018, which is an attempt to revive the sluggish Thai economy.




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