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Thailand's railway system shows its age

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According to the China Railway Corporation, a 3,000km, high-speed rail line will be built that will connect the country to Southeast Asia.


The line will be constructed in four stages.


First, from the city of Kunming in China to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Then the route will continue to Bangkok, where it will split, heading to both Thailand's southern and northern provinces. The Bangkok line will carry on to Kuala Lumpur, ending in Singapore.


Even though Thailand's railway system needs an upgrade, many are asking who will really benefit from this project


Al Jazeera spoke to Dr. Ruth Banomyong, Professor of Logistics and Transport at Thammasat University, and an adviser to Thailand's transport department on this train project.



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