Thailand’s Orange Line falters again

Thailand’s flagship Orange Line metro PPP has stalled again, following a court decision to uphold the original procurement.

Thailand’s flagship Orange Line metro PPP has stalled again, following a court decision to uphold the original procurement.

In June this year, the Thailand Mass Rapid Transport Authority (MRTA) restarted the procurement of the project after legal wrangling threatened to cause major delays, despite it already being at preferred bidder stage.

This recent legal challenge came from one of the bidding parties, alleging that changes to the terms of references were unlawful; a charge upheld by the court.

The plans were set to see 35km of light rail delivered west to east across the Thai capital, 27km of which would be subterranean.

Surapong Laoha-Unya, chief executive of Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTSC), the party which launched the legal action, told local media Nation Thailand that the verdict “should be regarded as a precedent for similar biddings. We don’t know if we are going to win or lose in the bidding. What we want is transparency, fairness and an accountable process.”

According to local media, the MRTA is set to appeal the decision.