According to the Bangkok Post today, Thailand’s largest agro and food conglomerate CP Group has talked to the Transport Minister Prajin Juntong late last month, to propose a 150-billion-baht investment plan for a 194-kilometre-long high speed train route linking Bangkok, Pattaya and Rayong. The plan will be formally submitted to the Transport Ministry this month.
Meanwhile, ThaiBev has also shown its interest in investing in the other route, which links between Bangkok and Hua Hin for 211 kilometre and will require an investment of 98 billion baht.
The bidding for both the routes is scheduled to be held in next month, and the construction will take around 30-36 months.
The newspaper also reported that the ministry has asked the Secretariat of the Cabinet, it can submit the Bangkok-Pattaya-Rayong rail project to the Cabinet for approval ahead of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report, which is now being accelerated by Transport Permanent-Secretary Soithip Traisuth and the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.
The EIA report for Bangkok-Hua Hin route is being reviewed by the National Environment Board.