Many locals and tourists staying at Holiday Inn in Rayong are ecstatic when it was announced that the new high-speed railway project will be stopping at Rayong’s inner city. Guess it was too early to celebrate as the government decided to change the route of the railway. The high-speed train was originally expected to terminate at the inner city of the province of Rayong. Now, the new point of termination is at U-tapao airport. According to officials, the change was decided due to safety concerns and another factor which is speed development.
EEC Office’s secretary general, Kanit Sangsubhan, said that the government is thinking about the safety of the passengers in case an unfortunate accident is to occur while at the industrial estate of the Map Ta Phut since the train will pass by this point before it finally terminates at Rayong.
Map Ta Phut is found in the Eastern Seaboard with U-tapao on the east and Rayong on the west.
Mr. Kanit added that the government has already decided to move the last station from Rayong to U-tapao airport. With the original plan, the railway will go through the industrial estate of Map Ta Phut which means that the project will face delay due to the requirements needed such as an assessment to see the effect on the environment.
The first phase of the high-speed railway between Bangkok and Rayong was intended to cover four different sections including Phaya Thai to Suvarnabhumi airport link, Bang Sue to Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi to U-tapao airport and Bang Sue to Phaya Thai.
This month is expected for the project to announce its reference terms and bidding might start in the next few months.
Mr. Kanit also clarified that the high-speed project is one of the most essential developments intended to increase the confidence of the investors. There are other projects in line such as the EEC law and the airport expansion of U-tapao. Either way, the railway will bring convenience as passengers can easily travel from Bangkok to Holiday Inn in Rayong or other accommodations they have booked in the area.