Junta expected to kill high-speed rail projects

An ambitious plan to link Thailand to a pan-Asian and intercontinental transport network by constructing its own high-speed rail system will likely be dropped by the military junta.

Although the Senate last year approved in October a THB2.2 trillion infrastructure bill that would have financed the project, the projects will be shelved, an unnamed source told the Bangkok Post.

In March the Constitutional Court threw out the infrastructure bill.

The project would have seen four high-speed rail lines connecting Bangkok north to Laos and Myanar, east toward Rayong and the nation’s ports, and west to Hua Hin for eventual linkage through the south.

Junta officials are expected to meet and decide the fate of various infrastructure projects this week.


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