KL Sentral redevelopment plan

News #216: More on Cambodia's Funan Techo Canal, North Bali Airport, Philippines ambitious railway development plan, Bangkok's airport rail link project back on track.

The Future Southeast Asia Newsletter features transport and urban development news in Southeast Asia, edited by James Clark.

Hello from Chiang Mai. After nearly two months of travel, I will be in Chiang Mai for two months to catch up on writing about what I saw on this trip.

I started this week with the news that KL Sentral will be redeveloped (a station that is overdue for an update). I made a fact sheet for the redevelopment, and part II about how to fix it will be out next week.

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🇰🇭 Cambodia

“Development should be halted for independent review of risks and benefits.”

"Cambodia’s Funan Techo Canal is an embodiment of the country’s renaissance and grievances of its past."

“Cambodia has requested Japanese support for the upgrade of the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS), as well as a study into the development of a master plan which will guide the port’s development into a regional port and logistics centre by 2050.”

🇮🇩 Indonesia

🇱🇦 Laos

🇲🇾 Malaysia

“The man-made Silicon Island project off the Penang island’s southern coast is expected to create 220,000 new job opportunities in the next 30 years, says Zairil Khir Johari.“

“The Penang government has reiterated that it will not proceed with reclamation works for Island B and Island C of the Penang South Islands (PSI) reclamation project.”

 🇵🇭 Philippines

The projects include the North Luzon Railway, the Mindanao Railway, and new lines in Bicol, Palawan, and Visayas.

🇸🇬 Singapore

🇹🇭 Thailand

"The high-speed rail project linking Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao airports is expected to be up and running later this year after the state and project builders agreed on a revised project."

"Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt said the new road drainage system in the Udomsuk area will drain rainwater more effectively and quickly."

"The board of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has ordered the rail agency to review the Red Line electric train extension project out of concern that a proposed design change might affect the high-speed Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao airport link."

🇻🇳 Vietnam

“… lending to large and transformative projects such as Hanoi's metro (Van Cao - Lang Hoa Lac section), the Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho railway, clean energy plants, and the one-million-hectares of high-quality rice initiative.”

"Three high-profile resort projects on prime coastal land in Quang Nam Province have remained half-finished for years, impacting local economic development."

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