Thailand to Develop Transport Hub

A 100-billion-baht infrastructure development project is now to prepare Thailand into a transport hub for the 6 Mekong Region countries. The project focusing on border provinces of the following:

  1. Chiang Rai in the northern – a double-track railway from Denchai to Chiang Khong, and a goods transport centre.
    Chiang Khong is also part of the [ North-South Economic Corridor ], which links Thailand, Laos and southern China.
  2. Nong Khai in the North-eastern border to Laos capital – Vientiane.
    A bridge to be built for cars and trains heading to Vientiane, as well as a train station and a goods transport facility.
  3. Nakhon Phanom in another North-eastern border to Laos central provinces.
    To be approved by the cabinet for a new double-track railway linking Ban Phai, Mukdahan and Nakhon Phanom in order to streamline the regional route from the northeastern border to the Laem Chabang Port in Chon Buri district
  4. Sa Kaeo in the eastern border to Cambodia.
    A bridge will be built in Aranyaprathet district, which crosses the Bhrom Hote Canal to access Poipet, Cambodia. The bridge to be opened in 2021.
  5. Tak in the Western border to Myanmar.
    Mae Sot border checkpoint in Tak has been touted as a transnational route in the [ East-West Economic Corridor ]. A new bridge has been built and opened, which is part of a larger plan to connect Mae Sot and Yangon, Myanmar and improve access to the Indian Ocean.

Source: Bangkok Post

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