The Evolution of Sustainable Transport in Thailand

The Thailand Rail Masterplan

As set out by MOT and SRT a summary of the future development of the rail system is provided below with some comment. However, this was pre-flooding and it is almost certain that some government money set aside for Phase I and even part of Phase II may need to be redistributed to rebuild the economy and repair damage to major roads. It is estimated that the rail plan could be set back at least four years.

Phase I: 2010 – 2014 Restructure existing network:

  • Rehabilitate tracks, refurbish trains, and reduce network bottlenecks and level crossings. Comment: Phase I is a short term fix to improve the immediate safety and maintain passenger usage of the existing rail system. This is typically reactive to recent safety incidents but at the same time will prevent further accidents.

Phase II: 2015 – 2019+ Improvement:

  • Double track extension, sub regional connection and first HSR on standard gauge. Comment: Some double tracking in the Eastern Seaboard has already begun on the freight network and during Phase II this will be gradually rolled out to improve the efficiency of the existing rail network. A standard gauge network will be constructed alongside key railway corridors (within SRT land where possible) that will have the ability to handle HSR. It is expected that this will start with a Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchisima (260 km northeast of Bangkok) HSR connection.

Phase III: 2020 – 2025 Enhance Efficiency:

  • Extension of the HSR Network and new logistic routes. Comment: Grow the HSR network to other major cities such as Nakhon Ratchasima, Hua Hin and consider further north and south HSR lines to connect to Malaysia and Laos (and onto China). This could also be developed to carry freight nationally and internationally.
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January 12, 2012

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How does transport planning fit into Meinhardt's capabilities?
Previously, many of Meinhardt’s development-related projects required a traffic impact study or transport planning input; until now, Meinhardt has appointed sub-consultants to carry out this work. We now have the benefit of providing a more integrated and efficient service by offering transport planning to our clients.

At the same time, we are growing transport-led projects, such as planning for roads and metros, which can indirectly provide our Civil, Structural, Infrastructure and Environment teams with more exposure.

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