Thai railways on flawed tracks
BANGKOK, 12 July 2012: The State Railway of Thailand will replace all rail tracks across the country within the next two years following media reports of damaged rail tracks.
The announcement was issued, Tuesday, in response to a news channel report that identified damaged track around Laksi station, a northern Bangkok district.
STR governor Yuthana Thapjaroen said the STR has already repaired tracks identified in the report and had a long-term plan to replace all tracks across Thailand.
Initially, STR will start with rail tracks from Bang Sue station to Don Mueang station (next to the airport) where a crude oil train derailed earlier this year. Tracks between these two stations are 21 km apart and the replacement will cost Bt5 million.
To replace tracks across the country, Mr Yutthana said that the project required an estimated budget of Bt21 billion. He claimed the project could be finished in two years. Work will be awarded to 21 contractors and so far eight bids have already been opened.
Earlier this week, Ministry of Transport deputy minister, Chatchart Sittipan went on an inspection trip to Laksi station.
He was quoted as saying that he had received many complaints about the quality of the rail track and standard of rail services in general.