Could Gulf of Thailand to Andaman train become a reality?

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BANGKOK: — Thailand is proposing to build a train connection that would join the Gulf of Thailand with the Andaman Sea.

Could Gulf of Thailand to Andaman train become a reality?

OTP has hired three consultancy firms to study the suitability. Picture: Daily News

The 125 kilometer line would run from Chumporn in the East to Ranong in the West.

Transport authorities have contacted three consultancy firms to put together a feasibility study to investigate whether the project is worthwhile.

Findings are expected to be reported by February said Wilairat Sirisophonsin.

Thirty million baht is being spent on the study that involves companies Asian Engineering Consultants, Infraplus Consulting and Enrich Consultants.

The idea is part of a 20 year master plan to improve transport infrastructure in Thailand.

The possibility of freight movement between the two seas could be a major boon for the economy of Thailand, reported Daily News.

Plans for a canal linking the Gulf and Andaman – known previously as the Kra Isthmus project – has been mooted many times over the last several decades but has never got off the ground.

A train may prove to be a more realistic plan.

Source: Thai Visa

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