New Bangkok Skytrain Station to open on Sukhumvit Road
The governor of Bangkok has announced that the first section of a Skytrain line extension will launch on 1 April 2017. Aswin Kwanmuang said the southern stretch of the Sukhumvit Green Line will be extended from the current terminus at Bearing Station to Samrong at Sukhumvit Road Soi 80.
Samrong BTS Station is one stop farther on the 13km extension which will eventually terminate in Samut Prakarn. Governor Kwanmuang explained that the line and infrastructure for the Samrong link are all good to go and BTS engineers will be running final tests during March.
He carried on by saying people travelling on the new extension would not pay any extra fares when going beyond Bearing. He finished off with the comment that fares would be set once the other eight stations on the line are officially open.
Engineers say much of the construction work on the elevated line as far as Samut Prakarn is done. Bangkok’s municipal authorities say the line should open in about two year’s time but needs more funding to see the project through to completion.
The stop for Ekkamai Bus Station is on the Sukhumvit Green Line while the northern terminus is Mo Chit (Morchit). People buying bus tickets from 12GO ASIA for intercity destinations such as Chiang Mai or Pattaya will depart from these stations.
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has resumed services on the southbound route from Bangkok to Suratthani and Hat Yai. Train services were temporarily halted yesterday as floodwaters swamped the tracks near the seaside resort town of Hua Hin.
Senior Thai government ministers are currently debating whether to extend the opening days for the Royal Crematorium. The site of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s cremation was supposed to have been open until the end of this month and then demolished.
Residents and tourists say Hanoi’s later opening hours for nightlife have made the city a more exciting place. Under regulations passed late last year, pubs and cafés were allowed to apply to extend their opening hours from midnight until 02:00 at weekends.