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Cross-country rail service to begin late April


March 3, 2008

Cross-country rail service to begin late April

Rail service between Thailand and neighbouring Laos will start late this April, and the Thai Ministry of Transport is confident that the direct link will further enhance tourism and trade between the two countries, according to a report from Thai News Agency.

Chaisawat Kittipornpaiboon, Thailand's permanent secretary for Transport, was quoted by the agency as saying that the rail lines of the two countries were connected on the Thai-Lao 'Mitraphab' Friendship Bridge in the Thai border province of Nong Khai on February 20. The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) plans to begin its rail services to Laos around late April, said Chaisawat.

Construction of the rail line from the middle of the bridge to Tanalaeng in Laos has taken 18 months and is due to be completed next month as the SRT has also installed a traffic control system and telecommunication facilities. Initially, two passenger train services from Bangkok-Nong Khai-Ban Thanaleng will be operated while a special ticket between Nong Khai and Ban Thanaleng will be issued for tourists.

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