Construction of the Bangkok-Chiang Mai high speed rail project will get underway in 2020, according to Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith.

During a Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia 2018 seminar, he said the project will be built in two phases. The Thai government is working with their Japanese counterparts on the northern high speed rail route between Bangkok and Pitsanulok in the first phase, and between Pitsanulok and Chiang Mai in the second.

He said Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has recently delivered results of a feasibility study on the project’s first phase, which will be reviewed by the Ministry of Transport before forwarding it to the cabinet in April. The construction design and investment mode are yet to be negotiated with Japan.