High Speed rail link will make Bangkok to Pattaya less than 45 minutes


The high-speed rail link which is expected to be operational in 2023 to 2024, is going to make the Bangkok to Pattaya trip in 45 minutes.

The deal amounting to $7.4 billion between CP Group and a Chinese Railway consortium has been inked yesterday, linking in the 220 km route three airports across nine stations — Don Muang, Suvarnabhumi, and U-Tapao airport, Thaivisa reported.

But with the top speed of 250 kmph, getting from Makkasan Station in downtown Bangkok to U-Tapao Airport may even be quicker than that.

Moreover, Bang Sue station which may possibly open next year will become Southeast Asia’s largest station and the high-speed rail link’s central hub.

Expected to be operational between 2023 to 2024, the high-speed rail link will provide approximately 147,000 passengers each day, said the report from Channel 7 News, adding that 16,000 construction staff will be needed to build it and will provide 100,000 people with employment within five years.

Estimated ticket prices will be around 500 baht, although no further details were given.

It will boost the Thai economy to the tune of 650 billion baht.

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