The government of Thailand is willing to spend a maximum of 111.9 billion baht in order to fund the proposed high-speed railway project that will connect the three major airports of Thailand – U-tapao, Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi. The railway will serve the pet industrial scheme of the government in the Eastern Economic Corridor. While this is good news for businesses in the area such as wedding hotel in Rayong, many are also concerned about the environmental impact of the project.
According to the spokesperson of SomkidJatusripitak who is the deputy prime minister, NathpornChatusripitak, the high-speed railway project is to be constructed through the partnership between public and private companies. The government will pay the land appropriation worth 3.57 billion while the 108.33 billion baht will be spread in 10 years as soon as the trains start operating.
The project scheme is based on a concept of building and operating before it is transferred to the government. The total construction value is 224.54 billion baht and the concession will lasts for 50 years.
Mr. Nathporn added that the private sectors will be responsible in funding the property development, civil works, maintenance, trains and signalling systems.
In a recent meeting, the cabinet gave their approval to the high-speed railway system which is designed to connect the three major airports of the country. They also approved the budget set for the land appropriation which is worth 3.5 billion baht.
The railway project includes the plan to extend the existing ARL or Airport Rail Link of Bangkok. It starts at Suvarnabhumi and goes to Don Mueang which is located in Bangkok then proceeds to U-tapao which is situated in Rayong. The whole route spans 220 km and the train is expected to have a maximum speed of 250 km every hour.
The route will be composed of nine stations including Don Mueang, U-tapao, Bang Sue, Pattaya, Makkasan, Chon Buri, Suvarnabhumi, Sri Racha and Chachoengsao.
If a couple decides to choose a wedding hotel in Rayong, they will need to take the high speed railway from Bangkok for only 330 baht. The travel will take a total of 45 minutes.