Some clarification of the high speed train project timing linking Bangkok and Hua Hin has been provided by the State Railways of Thailand (SRT).
The statement says that an 18 month planning process is required before any construction may proceed.
The SRT has adjusted the plan for the 100-billion-baht high-speed train project from Bangkok to Hua Hin by extending the proposal to include Surat Thani.
The new plan, stretching 759 kilometres, requires a new study, which could take about 18 months.
The project would be split into two phases — the Bangkok-Hua Hin section and the Hua Hin-Surat Thani stretch, according to SRT acting governor Worawut Mala.