7th Dec 2019
Auction for the construction of the railway system that would link Phuket Airport to Chalong intersection is set to begin next year, a high official said.
Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) governor Pakapong Sirikantaramas said last week that the railway’s revised design is now awaiting approval of the MRTA board.
He said that amended designs included tunnels and elevated sections to prevent traffic congestion. If and when approved by the MRTA board, the proposal will then be endorsed to the Transport Ministry and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for approval.
The railway system is a 35-billion-baht project that will span at least 42 kilometers (km) from Phuket International Airport to Chalong intersection.
Meanwhile, the 200-billion-baht western section from Chalong will span the length of 36 km and will link Thailand Cultural Center and Bang Khun Non. The said phase was deferred for bidding for five months. The government said the new project is expected to serve 70,000 passengers daily. Under the PPP scheme, the winning bidder from the private sector will have to shoulder the cost of building the project as well as the risks, supported by the government’s 27-billion-baht funding. The winning bidder will have a concession period of 28 years, after which the project will be turned over to the government.
The government of Thailand and the consortium led by Charoen Pokphand group signed a 224.5-billion-baht agreement to build a high-speed railway to connect Thailand’s three major airports: Don Muang International Airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport, and Phuket Airport.
In total, the railway project will span 220 kms of length once completed.