Twin-track railway to Chumphon fully operational “by August”

Twin-track railway to Chumphon fully operational "by August"

Last part now being completed

Twin-track railway to Chumphon fully operational 'by August'
The Twin- track between Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan station ( photo: State Railway of Thailand ).

PHETCHABURI: The Nakhon Pathom- Chumphon dual- track railway may be completely operational in August, with circular- the- clock service along the 421- kilometre route, Deputy Transport Minister Surapong Piyachote said.

Following a review of the country’s transportation and logistics system at the cellular case meeting in Phetchaburi on Monday, Mr. Surapong presented a project update.

He said this first phase of the south- bound double- track rail system, which will cost at least 33 billion baht, is divided into three parts: Nakhon Pathom- Hua Hin ( 169km ), Hua Hin- Prachuap Khiri Khan ( 84km ), and Prachuap Khiri Khan- Chumphon ( 167km ).

The design, overseen by the State Railway of Thailand, had shown great headway, he said.

The second part, comprising a 36km Nakhon Pathom- Nong Pla Lai area and a 76km Nong Pla Lai- Hua Hin section, was then 98 % full, Mr Surapong said.

By June 15 was the anticipated completion of the Nong Pla Lai- Hua Hin part.

The next part, 84km from Hua Hin to Prachuap Khiri Khan place, was now operating.

The last part consisted of the Prachuap Khiri Khan- Bang Saphan Noi (87km ) and Bang Saphan Noi- Chumphon ( 80km ) sections. The former was now fully functional, and the latter 99 % available and should be completed by second month, Mr Surapong said.

By August, the Transport Ministry had mandated that the whole system get operating.

One of the major projects, according to Mr. Surapong, was the improvement of logistics and transport performance, which resulted in the development of this southwestern double-track railroad.

The initiative hopes to reduce travel times to the southern area by at least 30 % and by preventing travel for many hours.

According to Mr. Surapong, it may help save energy and lessen climate pollution while enhancing Thailand’s economy’s relationship with neighboring nations and promoting greater security, wealth, and sustainability.