Airport rail link project moves ahead

Airport rail link project moves ahead

A visitor views an exhibition of railway technology in Bangkok in 2014. If everything proceeds smoothly, passengers will be riding high-speed trains like these between the two Bangkok airports by 2023, linking with U-Tapao and Rayong town. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)
A visitor views an exhibition of railway technology in Bangkok in 2014. If everything proceeds smoothly, passengers will be riding high-speed trains like these between the two Bangkok airports by 2023, linking with U-Tapao and Rayong town. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)

A second public hearing in Chon Buri on a planned high-speed railway linking three international airports -- Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-tapao -- proceeded without a glitch Tuesday.

About 200 people from various sectors including the media, businesses and education institutes took part in the forum hosted by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), the project operator, in Bang Lamung district.

The participants were informed of the project design and route, and measures to be implemented to minimise any negative impact during the construction of the 200-billion-baht Bangkok-Rayong railway.

The train route will run from Bangkok through Samut Prakan, Chachoengsao and Chon Buri and terminate at Rayong. The project is part of a plan to establish transport links across the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) by connecting Don Mueang airport in Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan and U-tapao airport in Rayong.

The SRT recently conducted public hearings in Chachoengsao to gauge local opinion on the project, which will also pass through the province upon completion.

Project manager Sayant Iamsom-somboon said there was no opposition along the planned corridors during recent public hearings organised by the SRT.

However, he said the participants did ask what measures would be put in place to control dust. They also requested walls of sound with absorbing materials be built to reduce any noise pollution.

Mr Sayant said over 160,000 passengers are likely to use the service daily.

The SRT estimates at least 103,920 people will use the City Line route from Don Mueang to Suvarnabhumi daily while the high-speed route from Suvarnabhumi to Rayong is expected to carry 65,630 passengers.

The SRT said the high-speed trains will run at 250km per hour on 1.4-metre standard gauge railways. The project is due to be completed by 2023 with ticket prices starting at 20 baht and adding 1.8 baht per km.

Eight stations will be elevated: Don Mueang, Bang Sue, Makkasan, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Sri Racha, Pattaya and Rayong. Suvarnabhumi and U-tapao stations will be underground, Mr Sayant said.


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