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Thailand’s First Bullet Train to Include Laos as Destination

Thailand Laos China Bullet Train

Thailand is preparing to launch the country’s first bullet train that will run between Bangkok and Beijing, China, with Laos as one of the intermediate stations.

Laos, Thailand Sign New Cross-border Road and Rail Deal

Thailand Laos Rail and Road Extension

Laos and Thailand have signed an agreement to extend road and rail connections between the two countries worth more than THB 3 billion (USD 98.2 million).

Lao-Thai Railway to Begin Phase II (Thanalaeng to Khamsavath)

Lao Thai Railway Extension

The Lao-Thai Railway Construction Project, Phase II (Section II), which will run 7.5km from Thanalaeng Station in Hadxayfong District, to Vientiane Station in Khamsavath Village, Saysettha District, is to go ahead after a consulting company has been chosen to oversee the project.

A ceremony was held in Vientiane on Tuesday for the signing of a contract between Director General of the Railway Department, Mr Sengthavixay Malivanhon, and Chief Executive Adviser of the ASEAN Engineering Consultant Corp (AEC), Dr Sobchoke Srisakorn.

The ceremony was attended by the Lao Minister for Public Works and Transport, Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong, government officials from both Laos and Thailand, the Neighbouring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency (NEDA) of Thailand, the Lao-Thai Railway Project, and guests from the Lao-China Railway Project.

Construction of the next phase of the railway must be completed within 46 months. It is valued at about 235.6 billion kip.

The first phase of the railway project commenced in 2013 and was completed in 2015, officially opening in March 2017. It has seen trains run from Thanalaeng Station in Laos across the border to Thailand.

Source: Lao Post

Army Stationed to Remove UXO for Laos-China Railway

Laos-China Railway Uxo Clearance

Soldiers from the Lao People’s Army have been deployed to clear unexploded ordnance (UXO) along the route earmarked for the Laos-China railway so that construction of the track can begin.

An official ceremony to launch the deployment of the UXO clearance teams took place on Wednesday at the Ministry of National Defence.

Minister of National Defence, Lieutenant General Chansamone Chanyalath, Minister of Public Works and Transport, Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong, and other officials attended the ceremony.

The UXO dropped during the Indochina war remains a contaminant in provinces across Laos including along the planned railway, which will connect Vientiane with the Chinese border.

The deployment ceremony came after an official ceremony was held last month in Luang Prabang province to launch the construction of the US$5.8 billion railway.

Deputy Chief of the General Staff Department, Brigadier General Khamlieng Outhakaisone, who is head of the committee in charge of UXO clearance, told ceremony participants that six clearance units have been assigned to clear UXO in six segments of the 417km rail track. UXO detectors, vehicles and other equipment have been prepared to carry out the work.

Speaking at the ceremony, Lieutenant General Chansamone called for the soldiers to work their hardest to fulfill the tasks they are assigned to ensure the safety of the project and enable construction to be completed in line with the set time frame.

It will take five years to complete the project, meaning that the railway is set to be fully complete by the end of 2021 following the launch of construction last month.

Six Chinese contractors are carrying out construction in the six segments along the entire track, which comprises 167 bridges with a total length of 61.81km, 75 tunnels with a combined length of 197.83km, and 32 stations including 21 stations where two trains can pass.

Ground works have begun for the construction of the rail track that will run through the provinces of Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang and Vientiane, linking to the nation’s capital.

In Luang Namtha alone, more than 1,000 Lao and Chinese workers have been stationed and are carrying out work there, according to provincial authorities in charge of project coordination.

Some 70 percent of the project’s total investment cost is financed by China, while Laos will be responsible for the remainder.

The trains are designed to travel at a speed of 160km per hour in mountainous areas and 200km per hour in flat land areas, while freight trains will be limited to 120km an hour.

 

Source: Vientiane Times

Full Steam Ahead for Laos-China Railway

laos-china railway

The Laos-China Railway will officially see construction begin this week after an official ceremony was held in Luang Prabang Province yesterday.

The railway, which will link Vientiane Capital with Kunming, China, is said will assist in transforming Laos from a landlocked country to a land-linked country, and offer a new means of transportation for passengers and cargo.

A number of Chinese contractors will undertake construction on six segments of track along the railway, which spans some 417 kilometers. The Laos-China railway is valued at US$ 5.8 billion, and is expected to be complete within five years.

Once operational, the railway will become an integral part of a planned regional rail route to link China and Singapore via Laos, Thailand, and Malaysia.

Travel on Laos-China Railway Cheaper for Passengers

The expected number of domestic rail passengers should initially reach 3.98 million per year, according to a study disclosed by Lao authorities, and could reach up to 8.62 million passengers per year in the future.

A trip from Vientiane to the Chinese border will cost passengers substantially less than the cost of road travel, while transportation of cargo is expected to be much lower than road transport as well.

Passenger trains will travel at speeds of 160km per hour in mountainous regions, and up to 200km per hour over flat terrain, while freight trains will travel at 120km per hour.

Construction Begins One Year After Groundbreaking Ceremony

Speaking at the official ceremony, Minister of Public Works and Transport Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong said work is to commence in a few days, just over one year after the official groundbreaking ceremony was held on 2 December last year.

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Advisor of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party’s Central Committee Somsavat Lengsavad, Chinese Ambassador to Laos Guan Huabing, and other officials also attended the ceremony.

Rescue Teams Train Ahead of Summits

Vientiane medical staff and rescue teams have been undertaking rescue drills to improve their emergency response, particularly with a view to any potential call outs during the upcoming ASEAN summits in Vientiane.

Train to Busan, the best Korean film for a decade

Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse thriller film directed by Yeon Sang-ho and starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi and Ma Dong-seok, which is now screening at ITECC Cineplex in Laos.