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Twin-track eastern rail link opens to connect Chachoengsao, Laem Chabang port

Thailand’s eastern double-track railroad linking Chachoengsao with Chonburi’s Laem Chabang opened Thursday, which expanded the country’s road and rail logistics system with a connection to the deepwater Laem Chabang Port.

Deputy Transport Minister Pol Lt-Gen Chat Kuldilok presided over the railway’s opening ceremony.

The railroad will also support the Lat Krabang Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Bangkok, as planned by the ministry and the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), the deputy transport minister said.

The Lat Krabang depot currently handles some 400,000 containers per year. After the double-track railroad’s opening, it is expected to serve 800,000 containers annually in the near future and up to one million within a few years.

The ministry will speed up other double-track railway construction links with the Chachoengsao-Laem Chabang route to support the transport sector.

On the same occasion, Pol Lt-Gen Chat launched a railway passenger car for handicapped passengers and travelers with wheelchairs, considered as a development of SRT services to serve the elderly and handicapped and as a part of the government’s policy to support the quality of life of such groups of people.

The Chachoengsao-Laem Chabang double-track railroad covers Chachoengsao and Chonburi provinces. It was built with an investment of Bt5.85 billion for a 78km length. From Chachoengsao station, the route passes through Chonburi, Bang Phra, and Sriracha, terminating at Laem Chabang station. (MCOT)

Bank of Thailand launches new banknote series

The Bank of Thailand (BoT) is issuing a new series of banknotes, its 16th series, this year after the current series has circulated in the market for more than 14 years, according to BoT Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul.

Prasarn said that the new notes comprise five denominations - Bt20, Bt50, Bt100, Bt500 and Bt1,000. Their size and color remain unchanged from the present notes.

First launched was be the Bt50 banknote on January 18, the date commemorating the glorious victory of King Naresuan the Great in traditional royal combat on elephant back in 1593, he said.

The BoT governor said that about 190 million Bt50 banknotes currently circulate in the system, and that the new issue would cost Bt5 higher then the currently used notes.

The central bank has applied the newest technology as a security feature for the Bt50 note to prevent counterfeiting which included the watermark which HM the King’s portrait will be shown on the right side and a watermark of Thai numeral 50 is especially transparent.

The current Bt50 banknote and those previously issued would also be legal tender by law, he said. (MCOT)

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Twin-track eastern rail link opens to connect Chachoengsao, Laem Chabang port

Bank of Thailand launches new banknote series







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