China To Thailand Railway To Start Construction This Month
The much anticipated railway running from China to Bangkok in Thailand is finally due to start construction from the Thai side after long delays.
Construction on the other side from China into Laos has already started since last year, however the Thai section has long been delayed by bureaucratic and financial snags. The railway was finally approved by the Thai government in July this year and an environmental impact assessment for the project was recently approved.
The first stage of the railway will stretch for 253 kilometers from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima and will start construction later this month. The second stage will connect up to Nong Khai on the Laos border and eventually connecting directly into Laos linking up to other side of the line. As the project will be combined effort between Thailand, Laos and China, the railway will use Chinese technology, standards, and equipment.
Plans have been voiced to eventually have the railway extend all the way through Malaysia and end in Singapore, allowing people to take a train straight from China all the way to Singapore and any major city in between. The railway would create huge amounts of investment and trade opportunities between China and Mainland South East Asia.