The Eastern Economic Corridor Office (EECO) along with the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Transport and the State Railway of Thailand jointly declared the process for the selection of private investors in the High Speed Rail Linked 3 Airports. The invitation to bid will be announced by the end of May 2018.
Uttama Savanayana, Minister of Industry; Pairin Chuchotethavorn, Deputy Minister of Transport; Kanit Sangsubhan, Secretary General of the EECO; and Anon Luangboriboon, Inspector general of the Ministry of Transport, jointly announced the time frame of the High Speed Rail Linked 3 Airports project, which is one of the major projects in the Easter Economic Corridor (EEC) development. The invitation to participate in the bidding process will be extended to potential Thai and international private investors on 30 May 2018, with an aim of selecting the winner within this year.
This project connects Don Mueang Airport to U-Tapao Airport, covering about 220 kilometres in three parts:
1) Extend High Speed Rail from Airport Rail Link Don Mueang to Phaya Thai (21 kilometres)
2) Airport Rail Link from Phaya Thai to Suvarnabhumi Airport (29 kilometres)
3) High Speed Rail from Suvarnabhumi Airport to U-Tapao Airport (170 kilometres)
4) Station area development and passenger service support
- Makkasan Station (approx. 150 rai) as a main station for high speed rail.
- Si Racha Station (approx. 100 rai) to support the State Railway of Thailand’s railway services and locomotive maintenance
The framework for this joint investment project has taken opinions and suggestions from domestic and international investors into account, based on the principles of openness and international bidding for the maximum national interest. The project will be carried out in compliance with the PPP EEC Track regulations.
Kanit Sangsubhan, Secretary General of the EECO, said: “The PPP EEC Track was designed to enable a fast and concise process, to accelerate the progress of the project in line with the development of the Eastern Economic Corridor. In addition to being part of the public transport network, the train stations along the High Speed Rail route will also support the increasing development and investment in the EEC area that covers Chonburi, Rayong and Chachoengsao.”