Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith will head the Thai delegation at the 14th meeting of the Thai-Chinese steering committee for cooperation on development of the Sino-Thai high-speed train project, in Bangkok on Wednesday .
The Cabinet, on August 22, gave the nod to a framework of cooperation between the Thai and Chinese governments to develop high-speed railways from Map Ta Phut to Nong Khai and Bangkok to Kaeng Khoi.
The railway project will feature dual 1.435-metre gauge tracks and cover a distance of 837 kilometres in total.
The Thai and Chinese governments also reached an agreement of cooperation on development of the projects the following day. Under the deal, Thailand will retain ownership rights for the entire project, helping it accelerate commencement of construction by the end of this year.
The Chinese side will be responsible for surveying the project’s proprietary suitability and design as well as join hands with the Thai side for operations, involving electric system, rolling stock and track installation.
According to the Cabinet resolution, the 250km Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima route would be developed in the first phase and its extension across the Isaan region undertaken later. The route requires an investment of about Bt170 billion to Bt190 billion.