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Thai-Chinese high-speed train project faces more setbacks

The blue line indicates the Thai section of the high-speed rail route. Photo: Radio Free Asia.

Bangkok, Thailand February 7 2017 – The Thai-Chinese stretch of the Kunming to Singapore high-speed railway could face delays due to differing measurement systems used by the two countries.

At the end of last year the Thai government confirmed it would begin construction of the railway in early 2017. This came at the end of a year which saw disagreements and cancellations before anything could be agreed.
The 17th meeting between the two countries was supposed to take place in Beijing last month, but was postponed by China. A new date has yet to be set.

This latest setback is less serious, however.
The Chinese are hiring Thai experts to address the problem, before the project bidding and construction can begin, according to Chaiwat Thongkamkoon, director-general of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP).
He went on to say that his office has instructed the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) to expedite the design of the tracks. The test line remains on schedule to be constructed next month.