The Andaman Railway is a proposed railway along the Andaman Coast of Southern Thailand. There have been different proposals made over the years that would form a railway from Ranong to Satun, via Phuket.
Starting in the north, a line from Ranong would pass through Phang-Nga to Phuket.
Another line was proposed to connect Phuket International Airport with Krabi International Airport. A light rail was also proposed to go from Phuket International Airport to Phuket Town.
The Andaman Railway proposal is for a line that would connect Phuket with the southern provinces of Krabi, Trang and Satun. From Satun, the line would go to Hat Yai on the proposed Satun-Songkhla Route. This proposal has also been referred to as the Phuket-Hai Yai Railway.
This new line along the Andaman Sea coast could then be connected to the Southern Line via the planned Chumphon – Ranong Railway and planned Surat Thani – Phuket Raulway. It could also interchange with the Trang Railway, which is a branch of the Southern Line.
Andaman Railway Map
This map shows the main stops that have been mentioned in news articles, as well as stops on the Southen Line where the Andaman Line could connect to the national rail network.
[Map of Andaman Railway.]
PM promises budgets for tourism developing Phuket projects – [17/09/16]
“Projects that needed support from the PM included the light rail system, International Conference and Exhibition Centre, underpass projects, expressway and Andaman railway.”
Governor to seek PM’s support on urgent Phuket projects – [08/09/16]
“Another project needing support from the PM support is the Andaman railway, we want to propose this project so that it can get approved and sent to relevant departments to study its plan.”
Phuket Governor targets Hat Yai rail link, new airport road – [26/12/15]
“”Phuket must speed up the feasibility study of the proposed route of the Hat Yai-Phuket railway project because the project will tremendously benefit tourism in the Andaman region,” Gov Chamroen said.
“The proposed rail link will connect Satun, Trang, Krabi, Phang Nga and Phuket, which will promote tourism and prepare the region for the AEC,” he added.”
Rail link for Trang, Satun, Phuket aired – [15/09/15]
“Transport planners are looking into a new rail route linking Trang with Satun and Phuket provinces as part of efforts to boost tourism to the South.”
Cabinet mulls Andaman rail route – [30/10/13]
“The Cabinet meeting in Lop Buri today will consider the Tourism Council of Thailand’s proposal for construction of a rail route along the Andaman coast to promote tourism in the South.”
Fly-Rail Link to ‘Save Phuket Tourism’ – [20/02/12]
“With Phuket International Airport already choked and unable to expand beyond 2015, a speed-rail link to Krabi is being proposed to Thailand’s Government as a potential solution to keep the tourists coming.
A new rail network would also open up the natural Andaman coast north of Phuket through Phang Nga to Ranong, the Vice President of the Phuket Tourism Association, Bhuritt Maswongsa, said today.”