THAILAND: At the end of December, the cabinet approved plans for restructuring State Railway of Thailand. It also authorised a further 50bn baht of funding, over and above the 100bn baht for double-tracking, locomotive acquisitions and signalling upgrades which had been approved by the Council of Economic Ministers the previous month.

SRT will be split into four units, covering infrastructure, operations, engineering and the standard-gauge Bangkok airport rail link. The roads authority has been asked to draw up standards for improving safety at level crossings.