Thailand plans to invest around £15 billion over the next 5-10 years in improving and developing the country’s rail transportation network.
Railway Sector In Thailand
Thailand plans to invest around £15 billion over the next 5-10 years in improving and developing
the country’s rail transportation network.
The railway sector in Thailand is currently enjoying a new lease of life following decades of
under investment. Higher energy costs and growing traffic congestion are leading to the re-
emergence of railways as a vital transportation mode. The Thai railway market features both
traditional heavy rail network, highspeed train and a thriving metro sector in Bangkok.
According to the master plan of Bangkok mass transit system, Thailand plans to expand its mass
transit network in Bangkok to 495 kilometres from 2010-2029 with the estimated total
investment of £8.2 billion. In addition, Thailand also plans to develop four high speed train
routes over the next 20 years with the estimated total investment of £14.5 billion. The Thai
government recently decided to initially implement 4 shorter routes instead of one long distance
destination at an estimated cost of £7.3 billion.
SRT Railway Infrastructure Development - Under the State Railway of Thailand (SRT)
Railway Infrastructure Development Master Plan, there are three phases.
Restoration Phase (Urgent) 2010-2014
Improvement Phase 2015-2019
Efficiency Enhancement Phase 2020-2024
Red Line (Bangsue-Rangsit) - The project is an overhead-electrified commuter train with a
total length of 26.3 km of which 7.1 km are at grade and 19.2 km are elevated and 8 stations.
Airport Rail Link Expansion – The project is to extend the route from Phyathai Station to Don
Mueng Airport to link with Suvarnabhumi Airport and to expand from Suvarnabhumi Airport to
Purple Line (Tao Poon-Ratburana) - This project is an extension of the Purple Line between
Bangsue and Bangyai (under construction). It comprises approximately 20 km of 13.2 km
underground and 6.8 km elevated metro rail, 11 underground stations and 5 elevated stations.
Green Line Extensions (Baring-Samutprakarn, Mo Chit-Sapan Mai) - This extension to the
existing Green Line (Sukhumvit Line) comprising approximately 25 km of elevated structure, 21
stations, depot and park & ride.
Blue Line Extension - This extension to the existing underground system comprise 22 km
elevated and 5 km underground metro system with 17 stations, including 4 underground stations.
Orange Line -This is a new line comprising 11 km elevated and 26.5 km underground metro
system with 29 stations, including 21 underground stations.
Pink Line – This is a new line comprising 34.5 km all elevated structure with 24 stations.
High Speed Trains - The Thai Government plans to invest in 4 high speed train lines at an
approximate cost of £7.3 billion between 2013-2019.
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Latest export opportunities in Thailand
Getting into the market
Although Thailand offers good business opportunities, this does not mean that Thailand is the
right market for every company. Initial research is crucial to assessing your prospects. Thais like
to build relationships with potential business partners, so it is not a market where you are likely
to send a few brochures and wait for the orders to roll in. But for those ready to do the initial
research and develop relationships with Thai companies, the opportunities are clearly there.
It is very important that British companies appear to have a local presence in Thailand, either
through local representatives, a representative office, or joint venture companies. Such a
presence shows that British companies are serious about the market and are willing to provide
local technical support to their partners and customers. The Thai market is still price-oriented.
Technical support is the second most important issue after pricing.
More about doing business in Thailand
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits through our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
ξ Attakorn Saropala, British Embassy Bangkok. Tel: +66 (0)2305 8237 or email:
ξ Wannarat Charoensri, British Embassy Bangkok. Tel: +66 (0)2305 8286 or email:
Contact your local international trade team
UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to
overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.
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