The government aims to call for bidding early next year for the civil work on the four planned high-speed trains so the first route can be operational by early 2019, says the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning.
‘‘The government wants to see metropolitan areas established in each region with highspeed trains attracting people to move outside the capital,’’ says Mr Chula. THANARAK KHOONTON
Director-general Chula Sukmanop said a study is under way for potential routes. The study on the northern route, which will run from Bangkok to Phitsanulok for the first phase, should be completed in the next two months, followed by the northeastern route to Nakhon Ratchasima and the southern one to Hua Hin.
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