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Work on double-track rail likely to start this year

With a combined length of 400 kilometres, the routes would require an investment of Bt39 billion, according to the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning.

The most likely routes for first-phase construction are: the 118km from Lop Buri to Pak Nam Pho in Nakhon Sawan, at a cost of Bt7.86 billion; the 132km from Map Kabao in Saraburi to Jira Transport Centre in Nakhon Ratchasima, at a cost of Bt11.64 billion; and the 165km from Nakhon Pathom to Hua Hin, costing Bt16.6 billion.

Pranote Suriya, deputy director-general of the office, said after yesterday's workshop on the feasibility of double-track rail development that the projects could kick off late this year, as recommended by the consultant.

The development is part of the first phase of double-track rail development to support the logistics industry.

"The Transport Ministry is pushing hard for the construction because the development will allow faster train services, as the single-rail system entails waiting time for track switching. The speed of the trains will rise to at least 120km per hour, from 60kph at present," Pranote said.

The Cabinet in November last year approved the investment in five double-track routes with a combined length of 767km and an overall investment of Bt66.1 billion.

The other two routes are the 185km from Jira Transport Centre in Nakhon Ratchasima to Khon Kaen, at a cost of Bt13 billion, and the 167km from Prachuap Khiri Khan to Chumphon, costing Bt17 billion.

Thosawan Nitpanich, a rail specialist who completed the feasibility study, said there had been obstacles involving the first tracks to be laid, but these had now been cleared or suitable options found.

Regarding the Lop Buri-Nakhon Sawan route, obstructing the expansion from single to double rail was a historical site in Lop Buri, which is within 20km of the planned track.

To avoid causing damage to the site, a 29km bypass will be constructed. The bypass has been endorsed at a public hearing.

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