THAILAND: State Railway of Thailand has awarded a 32·4bn baht contract for E&M works for Bangkok’s Red Line to a consortium of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Hitachi and Sumitomo Corp, the consortium announced on March 30.

Hitachi will supply rolling stock and MHI will be responsible for track, catenary, power distribution, signalling and communications. Sumitomo will act as systems integrator.

The elevated suburban rail line is being built in two phases, which meet at Bang Sue in the centre of Bangkok. The 26·4 km Red Line North will run to Rangsit and is being funded by a JICA loan. The 14·6 km Red Line West will connect to Taling Chan and is being funded by the government. Completion is expected in 2020.

SRT awarded civils contracts for the northern section in 2013 to Italian-Thai Development and a joint venture of Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction and Unique Engineering & Construction.

  • Read more about plans for urban rail in Bangkok in the June 2015 issue of Metro Report International, available to subscribers in our digital archive.