High Speed Train Thailand

In January 2013, the Sino Thai Engineering and Construction Public Company Limited and the Unique Engineering and Construction Public Company Limited, were awarded a multi-billion Thai Baht project, to build the High Speed Train network in Thailand.

Bang Sue Junction Station in Bangkok is the proposed new main train station in Bangkok and will replace Hua Lamphong Station, which will eventually be closed.

It will be a 12 platform train station and the terminal station for all trains heading to Bangkok.

It will also be the main terminal for all routes of the new High-Speed Rail (at least 250Kmph) which will reduce the travelling time in between Bangkok and Chiang Mai from around 15 hours nowadays to just 3.5 hours!   

The High-Speed services will use the same kind of Chinese high-speed trains already in use by China Railways, known as CRH.

photo of a Model of a High-Speed Rail TrainModel of a High-Speed Rail Train

High-Speed Train in ChinaHigh-Speed trains already running in China

It will run on 5 routes and it will connect Thailand to Laos and the People' s Republic of China in the North and to Malaysia and Singapore in the South:

  • Bangkok - Chiang Mai
  • Bangkok - Nong Khai
  • Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani
  • Bangkok - Rayong
  • Bangkok - Padang Besar
High-speed railway route mapMap of the planned routes of the High-speed railway network in SE Asia

From Nong Khai the High-Speed Train will be going to Vientiane in Laos and then all the way North to the Beijing South Railway Station in The People's Republic of China and from Padang Besar the it will be going all the way South to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. This way it will help connect and integrate the whole South East Asia region to China.

Beijing South Railway StationBeijing South Railway Station

The State Railway of Thailand also plans to add more commuter trains from the new station.

There are also many projects going on that will improve the connection of the new train station:
- the actual MRT Blue Line that stops at Bang Sue is being extended and it will be connected by an interchange to the new MRT Purple Line that will link Bang Sue to Bang Bua Thong in Nonthaburi.

- two SRT Lines (Commuter Rail) known as the Light Red Line and the Dark Red Line are also being built and both will have an interchange station at Bang Sue.

- the Airport Rail Link which is being extended to link Bangkok two airports, Don Muang Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport, will also stops at Bang Sue.
After the completion of all these different projects the new Bangkok Train Station and Depot will really be a huge local and international transport hub.
This new railway station was set to be finished by 2015 but it will most probably not be completed on time and it should take many more years to become a reality.

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