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News: 2 November 2022
Latest Post: Sangley Point International Airport. Dispatches: How to fix Bangkok's rail transit system. News: Sulawesi & Surabaya railway, Chiang Mai "tram", Singapore's future tallest building...
Welcome to another round up for transport and urban development news in Southeast Asia. I’m excited to see that the Sulawesi Railway is now testing with passengers. I would like to visit, but I should probably combine it into a trip that includes the opening of the Jakarta-Bandung HSR next year. I’m already starting to fill out my calendar of places I would like to visit in 2023. One thing I am thinking of doing for this site is having some informal meetups in the region, so if you would be interested in that let me know. I’m also waiting for Substack (this newsletter platform) to open up their forum section, so subscribers can discuss news in the region.
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Dispatches from Southeast Asia
An open letter to Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt with a summary of the best ways to improve Bangkok's urban rail transit system.
“Artisans, architects and urban planners are incorporating environmental urgency into their creations as they work to design a sustainable future for the region.”
"South Sulawesi on Saturday began the trial of running a Trans Sulawesi passenger train across seven railway stations in two districts for a distance of 66 kilometers in the island’s first railway network."
[Updated: Sulawesi Railway]
[Updated: Nusantara – New Capital City of Indonesia]
There have been a few different plans to develop Kampung Baru over the years, so see it while you can.
“Building a rail link across the northern highlands is a dream that has eluded global capitalists, British imperialists, Chinese state planners and Myanmar governments.”
8 Shenton Way (305m) is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
“Nassim Road has the most sought-after homes in the country, and a rare sale of three mansions is expected to fetch record prices.”
• City Hall opposes junta's policy on Green Line
”Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt said on Tuesday that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) disagreed with the now-defunct National Council for Peace and Order's past decision to extend the Green Line concession for 30 years from 2029 to 2059 for BTSC.”
This is the ongoing Green Line mess that was mentioned in my article about how to fix Bangkok’s urban rail transit system.
“Flooding hits Bangkok every monsoon season, and as the capital urbanises, less permeable land is available to absorb water, increasing flood risks during heavy rain.”
• I’ve been going on about the mixed-gauge mess of Thailand’s railways, and I will keep going on about it if I see news reports such as this. Here are the proposed designs of the new railway-road bridge in parallel with existing the 1st Friendship bridge. The bridge will accommodate the meter-gauge and the standard-gauge high-speed railway. This was posted in the Southeast Asia Railways Facebook group if you are interested in seeing more posts like this.
“PHUKET: Demolition of the abandoned incomplete hotel on the bypass road that looms dangerously atop a steep slope beside the road will start today (Oct 28).”
• We shouldn’t have to paint the road bright red in order to make cars stop…
“A design speed of 250 kph for trains carrying both passengers and cargo would help ensure revenues for the giant project”.
I have written about the proposed speeds of the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City Express Railway, and I think 200 km/h would be ideal. For reference, when they are referring to “lower”, this is compared to the 350 km/h proposal. 250 km/h would be incredible.
“Investment costs for four in five metro projects currently under construction are expected to rise 80-150%, according to a government report sent to the National Assembly.”