By THE NATION
The conference will examine Thailand’s priorities post-2020 and what action is required from all stakeholders to ensure the country’s long-term success.
Planned and organised by the International Air Rail Organisation (IARO), Project Planning Service (PPS) and PPS OneWorks, the event is expected to attract 600 delegates from 30 countries.
Delegates will be able to learn from 30 high-level speakers from Thailand and beyond.
The morning will have discussions from local and overseas industry leaders and public authorities. In the afternoon there will be two focus sessions:
• Air Rail Development – Exploring global trends in technology, operations, development, marketing and branding of rail links to airports, as well as best-practice expertise in rail-to-airport services.
• InnoCon Bangkok – As digital technology powers a new era of infrastructure construction, experts discuss how best to leverage the increasingly large amounts of data and technology to increase benefits to all.
Dr Phongthon Tharachai, CEO of PPS, and Giulio De Carli, managing partner of OneWorks, will open the event with an insightful overview of the industry before introducing Italyian Ambassador Lorenzo Galanti, who will discuss “Why Thailand is a key destination for infrastructure investment in Asia”.
Voravuth Mala, governor of the State Railway of Thailand, will reveal “The vision for Thailand’s railway network” and Surachet Laophulsuk, assistant governor of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority, will talk about “The construction of urban electric train networks and the next challenging steps for Thailand”.
Another important session from the Engineering Institute of Thailand under the patronage of His Majesty the King, will examine why “Innovation and investment in talent is essential for Thailand’s future success”.
Other key speakers:
Simon Earles, president of The International Air Rail Organisation
Somprasong Suttayamully, director of the MRTA’s Office of Fare Media Business
James Cornelius, public transport strategy lead for Heathrow International Airport
Sonesak N Nhansana, former deputy director general of the Laos Ministry of Public Works and Transport’s Railway Department
Prinn Panitchpakdi, adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and New Economy director
Chakrapan Pawangkarat of the Thai Green Building Institute
Ekarin Vasanasing, deputy manging director of Krungthep Thanakom
Suphin Mechuchep, managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) JLL
Han Chung Heng, senior vice president of Oracle for EMEA
Andy Saunders, surface access strategy manager for Manchester Airport Group
Bangkok is currently undergoing an urban transport infrastructure boom, with a series of upgrades being commissioned to connect the city’s 10 million inhabitants and 20 million annual foreign visitors with three airports.
At present, the 28.4-kilometre Airport Rail Link connects downtown Bangkok with Suvarnabhumi Airport.
The new High-Speed Rail Link 3 Airport Project will open up the Eastern Economic Corridor with two new connecting routes to Don Mueang and U-Tapao airport, totalling 220km of seamless railway routes with maximum speeds of 250kmph.
These are among the most extensive and ambitious air rail infrastructure developments currently being undertaken anywhere in the world, and Air Rail 2019 will shine a light on the strategy, planning, partnerships and funding that are required to make these initiatives a success.