Thailand gets moving on infrastructure

The military-backed government in Bangkok hopes spending on transport will add fizz to an underperforming economy.

Thailand’s military-backed government wants to get things moving literally.

On March 29, the cabinet approved the construction of two new lines for Bangkok’s elevated monorail or “Skytrain” network under a private-public partnership arrangement. A winning bidder was due to be announced in May, with construction set to start in June.

That’s not all. Four dual-track train projects are expected to be submitted for cabinet approval in May, with bidding processes scheduled before the end of June and construction of the metre-gauge routes to begin before year-end. A red line for the Skytrain has already been approved and is scheduled for completion by 2020. 

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