Railway Opportunities in Thailand

An Expert's View about Transportation and Storage in Thailand

Posted on: 5 Oct 2010

Thailand to spend almost £13 billion over the next 5-10 years in improving and developing rail transportation network, including high speed train network.

Sector briefing Railway Opportunities in Thailand Why Thailand? On 21 November 2009, the Thai Government approved £3.5 billion for railway infrastructure development (2010-2015). This is the first of three phases under the Railway Development Master Plan, spanning over the next 15 years. Projects include double tracking, rolling stocks replacement and high-speed trains. In addition to the main railway network development, projects are on-going to expand existing mass rapid transit lines and to build new lines for Bangkok. This additional £8.2 billion investment will add 130 ?Thailand to spend almost kilometres of metro network to the existing 44 £13 billion over the next 5- kilometres over the next 5-10 years. 10 years in improving and Over the next 20 years, Thailand also developing rail plans to invest £14.5 billion in high speed transportation network, trains. including high speed train Find general information on the Thai market network.? conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing Business Guide for Thailand gives an overview of Thailand?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issue. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Railway opportunities in Thailand Opportunities ? Green Line Extensions This extension to the existing Green Line There are business opportunities to be won in (Sukhumvit Line) comprising the railway sector in Thailand. Some of the approximately 25 km of elevated structure, projects that offer business opportunities for 21 stations, depot and park & ride. The UK rail companies include: estimated cost is around £1.3 billion. The construction is expected to start at the end SRT Railway Infrastructure Development of 2010 to be completed by 2015. Under the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) Railway Infrastructure Development Master ? Blue Line Extension Plan, there are three phases. This extension to the existing underground - Restoration Phase (Urgent) 2010-2014 system comprise 22 km elevated and 5 km - Improvement Phase 2015-2019 underground metro system with 17 - Efficiency Enhancement Phase 2020-2024 stations, including 4 underground stations. The estimated cost is around £1.7 billion. The Thai government has already approved a The construction is expected to begin in budget of £3.5 billion for the Restoration late 2010 and to be completed in 2016. Phase, which is considered to be urgent. This will involve: ? Orange Line - Track replacement to 100 lbs/yard This is a new line comprising 2.9 km - Refurbishing & purchasing locomotive and elevated and 21.1 km underground metro train set system with 17 stations, including 14 - Sleeper replacement underground stations. It will be linked - Colour light signalling systems at 223 with the Blue Line and Red Line through stations interchange stations. The estimated cost is - Automatic barrier. around £2.2 billion. Mass Transit Network Expansion Projects High Speed Trains There are plans in place to expand the existing The Thai Government plans to invest in 4 high metro network in Bangkok by another 130 speed train lines at an approximate cost of kliomentres over the next 5-10 years. £14.5 billion between 2013-2031. The train will Construction of some of these projects have have a maximum speed of 250 kph. The already begun. Brief details of these projects projects will be implemented under PPP are: scheme where the Thai Government will ? Red Line provide civil and track works and private The project is an overhead-electrified investors provide rolling stock, E&M, signallling commuter train with a total length of 41.5 and operation & maintenance. km of at grade (14.6 km) and elevated (26.9 km) tracks and 11 stations. The line If you have any, questions on the opportunities will be linked to two metro lines, Purple above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this Line and Blue Line. The estimated project report. Business opportunities aimed cost is around £1.8 billion. The project is specifically at UK companies are added daily to under construction with estimated UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our completion date of 2014. staff overseas in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors ? Purple Line and in over 100 markets. This project is a new line comprising approximately 23 km of elevated metro You can be alerted to business opportunities on rail, 16 stations and depot. The estimated a regular basis by registering on the UKTI cost is around £1.2 billion. It will link website. More on UKTI?s business opportunities central Bangkok with the North West service suburbs including an interchange station with the existing Blue Line underground system. The construction of the infrastructure is underway. The E&M works still need to be tendered. The operation of the line will be under a PPP concession type. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Railway opportunities in Thailand Major events and activities UKTI contacts There is no railway event in Thailand. Attakorn Saropala However, there are two regional railway events Trade & Investment Manager that might be of interest. British Embassy Bangkok Tel: (0066 2) 305 8237 High Speed Rail Asia 2010 ? regional Email: Attakorn.Saropala@fco.gov.uk conference on high speed rail in Hong Kong www.ukti.gov.uk Contact: Beacon Events, Hong Kong Email: info@beaconevents.com Paul Reid Time: 12-14 July 2010 Deputy Director of Trade and Investment British Embassy Bangkok Asia Rail Congress 2010 ? the annual Asia Tel: (0066 2) 305 8294 Rail Conference. (www.asiarail.com) Email: Paul.Reid@fco.gov.uk Contact: Beacon Events, Hong Kong www.ukti.gov.uk Email: info@beaconevents.com Time: 29 Nov-2 Dec 2010 Rail Solution Asia 2011 ? Asia Pacific Railway Exposition. [www.tdhrail.co.uk/rsa] Contact: TDH Exhibitions Ltd Email: info@tdhrail.com Time: May 2011 Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Railway opportunities in Thailand Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Thai market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the Chinese market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Thailand, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS) British-based companies wishing to grow their a chargeable service which assists British- business in global markets. based companies wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the Chinese market to find contact details for your local UKTI ? Establishment of interest of such office. contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Railway opportunities in Thailand
Posted: 05 October 2010

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