THAILAND: The cabinet has approved Ministry of Finance loans to Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand for the construction of three SkyTrain lines in Bangkok.

As well as being used to pay off debts and related expenses, the loan includes 10·9bn baht towards construction of the Purple Line from Bang Yai to Bang Sue; 4·5bn baht allocated to the Blue Line from Hua Lampong to Bang Kae and from Bang Sue to Tha Phra; and 1·6bn baht earmarked for the Green Line from Bearing to Samut Prakan.

All three lines are already under construction. The total cost of the Purple Line is estimated at 37·7bn baht, the Blue Line 55bn baht and the Green Line 17bn baht.