The first approval for the high speed railway project spanning 260 kilometers has already been given by the Eastern Economic Corridor Board. The train project will create a seamless connection between three airports namely U-Tapao, Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi. The total cost of the project is 200 billion baht. This will offer convenience to tourists planning to visit Bangkok but staying at Holiday Inn Suites in Rayong or other places covered by the route of the railway.
Uttama Savanayana, the minister of the industry, said that Gen Prayu Chan-o-cha who is the chairman of the board of EEC has already given their approval for the railway project. After which, the project will be forwarded to the cabinet for another set of approval.
The owner of the project is the SRT or State Railway of Thailand.
The high speed train can go as fast as 250 kilometer per hour and the route between Bangkok and U-Tapao airport will only take 45 minutes which usually takes 2 to 3 hours if taken by car. At the beginning of the project, there are going to be five stations including Chachiengsao, U-Tapao, Chon Buri, Pattaya and Si Racha.
For those taking the train from Bangkok going to Pattaya, the estimated fare is around 270 baht while those going to U-Tapao airport will have to pay 330 baht.
Along with the project, three extensions are also planned for the current Airport Rail Link or ARL. The Don Mueang going to Phaya Thai will have a 21 km extension. Phaya Thai going to Suvarnabhumi will have a 29 km extension while the Suvarnabhumi going to U-Tapao will also receive an extension.
This is convenient for everyone because travel time will be reduced between Bangkok and Rayong by one hour, Bangkok to Chanthaburi will have a reduced travel time of 100 minutes while Bangkok to Trat will have 120 minute travel time reduction.
This is good news for tourist attractions and hotels such as Holiday Inn Suites in Rayong because it will help boost their booking. The economy of Thailand is also expected to receive a return of 700 billion baht.