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News: 21 June 2023
Chiang Mai 2nd Airport and other mad airport proposals, Jakarta-Bandung HSR does 300 kph, KLIA and Subang Airport regeneration, Bangkok Yellow Line opens, and a new railway for the south of Thailand
Greetings from Danang! I was in Danang two months ago before I went to Thailand. I have now returned to find these turquoise electric taxis everywhere. It turns out that they were launched this week, so I will be giving them a go while I am here.
This week Bangkok opened a new urban transit line (the Yellow Line monorail), so I have updated the Southeast Asia transit table. Thailand is also proposing an exciting new railway line (well I think it is exciting, and if you read this newsletter you probably do too). I will start a fact sheet for this line next week.
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This is a good time to mention again that this is a fact sheet and not an editorial endorsement. I have an editorial in the next link.
Dispatches from Southeast Asia
Chiang Mai should build a high-speed railway, Greater HCMC wants a 3rd airport when it can't even build the 2nd, build a railway for Haiphong instead, and the weird Kedah proposal.
• Major megaprojects clear EIA hurdle
”The National Environment Board (NEB) has passed Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for two megaprojects: the Mae Kam reservoir in Chiang Rai and a dual-track railway in the South.”
"The dual-track railway is a 321-kilometre line which will cover four southern provinces -- Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung and Songkhla -- and will have 65 stations, the source said."
There is ugly nonsense like this all over Vietnam. Lots of places with “smart” and “eco” in their title which usually means they are neither.