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$6.6bn budget needed to upgrade Thailand’s railway

The nearly Bt200 billion allocated by the government to improve Thailand’s railway system and finance a five-year restructuring plan will involve the purchase of new locomotives, construction of parallel railways

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The nearly Bt200 billion allocated by the government to improve Thailand’s railway system and finance a five-year restructuring plan will involve the purchase of new locomotives, construction of parallel railways, improvements of existing rail track, signal system and telecommunications, according to State Railway of Thailand (SRT) deputy governor Viroj Triampongpan.

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The investment budget is Bt176.8 billion and the improvements and restructuring are expected to take several years to complete.

Mr Viroj said the SRT will fully utilise its resources to improve service for passengers, starting with developing railway service on four important routes: Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai-Bangkok, Bangkok-Butterworth and Butterworth-Bangkok.

The SRT will emphasise cleanliness, punctuality and friendly service, he said, adding that internet wi-fi will also be available on the four routes.

via Mammoth budget asked to revamp Thailand’s railway service.

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