Cabinet to review Red Line upgrade

Cabinet to  review Red Line upgrade

Commuter road course set to become expanded

Cabinet to review Red Line upgrade
Red Line electronic passenger trains are seen at Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal. ( Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill )

The Transport Ministry will ask the cabinet to approve its proposals to further expand the State Railway of Thailand’s ( SRT ) Red Line electric commuter rail network, says Transport Deputy Minister Surapong Piyachote.

Mr Surapong said the government will post the proposals for the development of three extensions this week, specifically the Taling Chan- Salaya extension, Rangsit- Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus extension and the Taling Chan- Siriraj extension.

The ideas will become presented after the government receives messages from the Finance Ministry, Budget Bureau and the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council, he said.

The second extension will view tracks laid to join Taling Chan and Salaya, a range of 14.8 kilometres.

Six facilities are planned along the route, specifically Rama VI, Bang Kruai- Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Ban Chimphi, Kanchanaphisek, Sala Thammasop and Salaya. The expansion is expected to cost about 10.67 billion ringgit to develop.

The next extension is the Rangsit- Thammasat University Rangsit Campus improvement, which covers a range of 8.84km.

The course will have four facilities, especially Khlong Nueng, Bangkok University, Chiang Rak and Thammasat University Rangsit Campus. The job will charge about 6.47 billion ringgit to develop.

The second, designed improvement is the Taling Chan- Siriraj improvement, which spans 5.7km.

Three facilities are planned along this expansion, especially Taling Chan Floating Market, Charan Sanitwong and Thon Buri- Siriraj. This expansion is expected to cost 4.6 billion ringgit.

Bidding for the three tasks will take place this season, and the construction may take 35 weeks, from 2025 to 2028, to finish. Services are expected to initiate along the modifications in 2028, Mr Surapong said.

Mr Surapong said he is pushing for seven more dual- monitor railroad improvements. One of the tasks, the 167- kilometre Khon Kaen- Nong Khai rail, has been approved by the government, and allocated a expenditure of 29.7 billion ringgit.

Bidding for the project is live, and development is expected to start after this time.

Lately, SRT’s committee has approved three another projects, comprising the 281- miles Pak Nam Pho- Den Chai railway upgrade, worth 81.14 billion baht, the 308- km Thanon Jira- Ubon Ratchathani railway upgrade, worth 44.10 billion baht, and the 45- km Helmet Yai Junction- Padang Besar railway upgrade, worth 7.9 billion baht.

The remaining projects will be presented to the cabinet this year.