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Vanichkobchinda, P. (2012) Improving Railway Transportation Logistics System: A Key Step of Thailand to be ASEAN Supply Chain Connectivity Hub. UTCC Engineering Research Papers. ISSN 1906-1625


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Over almost a decade, the AEC countries (ASEAN Economics Community) has been experiencing a long period of economic growth, leading to transition from a predominantly agricultural economy to an industrialized economy. Other than the skills of the people and the availability of resources, this feat has been primarily the result of massive local and foreign investment. Most of investment has occurred in the many ASEAN countries, who are manufacturers, such as Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. As may be expected, the industries expand, and with this growth the demand for infrastructure system especially in transportation system supporting logistics activities increases. Long distance freight transportation distribution plays crucial role in driving AEC social and economics expansion by means of transporting and distributing goods to different regions in a country. However, the demand of road freight transportation has been continuously growing, while that of railway mode tends to decline. However, such congestion is associated with higher transportation cost, more fuel consumption and environmental impacts, which are direct/indirect costs to logistics transportation service provider resulting in an increase in total cost of production. To the public and private players in the transport logistics industry, rail/road intermodal transport policy is a key national agenda. To realise this policy, freight transportation activities should link to several transport modes in single/multiple coordinate freight movement. However, inadequacy of railway infrastructure and facilities causes disruptive intermodal activities. In the areas where the traftic volume is high, track doubling needs to be constructed. Apart from increasing track capacity, the expansion of supporting facility and in-land/at-port infrastructure are also essential. This present work aims to discuss current status and problems associated with the long distance freight transportation in Thailand, and to suggest solution to achieve the improvement, which is the key link to the implementation of intermodal transportation policy. The focus of this paper is, however, given onto opportunities of railway infrastructure redress as a main tool to realise this national policy.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Engineering > Logistics Engineering
Divisions: School > School of Engineering
Depositing User: Kitikun Pongsak
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2014 16:38
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 16:38
URI: http://eprints.utcc.ac.th/id/eprint/1747

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