News: 14 June 2023

Thailand's East-West Railway, Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train testing hits speed of 220km/h, Singapore and air conditioning, and more transport and infrastructure news

Hello from Chiang Mai. After getting the train here from Phitsanulok I was wondering what might have been if the planned East-West Economic Corridor Railway had gone to Phitsanulok. The EWEC Railway is now being built in stages, with the western section now under construction. This week’s article has all the links and maps for this project.

One of the big news stories this week is regarding the Jakarta-Bandung High-speed railway. It is meant to be launched on Indonesia’s Independence Day, but it’s not likely to be fully ready by then. I’m planning a trip to Indonesia to coincide with the opening, knowing full well that it might not be ready. I plan to go to Sumatra first and then Java. If it’s not ready I will still have enough to do on that trip, and I will come back so I can visit Kalimantan and Sulawesi.

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🇰🇭 Cambodia

🇮🇩 Indonesia

While the opening date is still clouded in confusion, one thing we can all agree on is that this is now the fastest railway in Southeast Asia:

Testing will be increased to 300km/h this week.

🇱🇦 Laos

🇲🇾 Malaysia

🇲🇲 Myanmar

🇵🇭 Philippines

🇸🇬 Singapore

🇹🇭 Thailand

“Bangkok-Korat line part of a system that will ultimately reach Kunming.”

"Help is urgently needed from whoever gets a chance to be the transport minister in the new government to prevent Bang Sue Grand Station from being another white elephant which does not live up to its promise."

“Prayut says caretaker cabinet's hands are tied and new government will have to make a decision.”

• Burning season in North America had me thinking of our recent burning season:

🇻🇳 Vietnam

In case you are wondering if that is a long conveyor belt, the current longest conveyor belt is 51 km.

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