The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) on Thursday (Dec 28) signed nine contracts with eight companies for the construction of the first phase of dual-track train project at an estimated cost of 69 billion baht.
The contracts signing ceremony which was held at the Royal Princess Bangkok Hotel was presided over by Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak. Also presented at the ceremony as witnesses were Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith and his deputy, Mr Pairin Chuchotethavorn.
The first phase of the dual-track train project covers five routes as follows: from Lop Buri to Paknam Po; from Mab Kabao to Thanon Chira junction; from Nakhon Pathom to Hua Hin; from Hua Hin to Prachuab Khiri Khan and from Prachuab Khiri Khan to Chumphon. The entire length of the dual track for the five routes is 702 kilometres.
Transport inspector-general Anon Luangboriboon, in his capacity as acting SRT governor, told the media after the contracts signing ceremony that construction of the project was due to start in the first quarter of next year and to be completed in the next five years.
After the completion of the first phase of the project, Mr Anon said that the SRT would have an addition of 995-km long rail track or 24.6 percent increase of the entire length of the rail track nationwide.
More importantly, he said the project would bring about a new chapter for rail transport, with the SRT’s load capacity to be increased two-fold with greater safety for passengers and, increased train speed and punctuality.
The eight construction companies awarded the nine contracts include: Italian-Thai Development Plc, ITD-RT Joint Venture, KSC, STTP, AS Associates Engineering 1964, Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction, UNSH, Unique Construction & Engineering.
The Mab Kabao-Thanon Chira junction route which is 136 kilometres long is divided into two contracts; from Mab Kabao to Klong Khananchit whose construction will take 48 months and the construction of a train tunnel which will take 42 months. Itallian-Thai and ITD-RT Joint Venture will undertake the construction.
The Prachuab Khiri Khan-Chumphon route covers a distance of 168 km. There are two contracts for this route: from Prachuab Khiri Khan to Bang Saphan Noi whose construction will take 33 months and from Bang Saphan Noi to Chumphon which will take 36 months of construction.
Nakhon Pathom-Hua Hin route cover a distance of 169 km. It is divided into two sections; from Nakhon Pathom to Nong Plalai and from Nong Plalai to Hua Hin. Construction of the two sections will take 36 months.
Lop Buri-Paknam Po route which is 145 km long is divided into two sections: from Ban Klub to Khok Krathiam and from Tha Kae to Paknam Po. Construction will take 48 months and 36 months respectively.
Hua Hin-Prachuab Khiri Khan route is 84 km long and construction will take 30 months.