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 man in overall charge of a project to enlarge Vientiane International Airport says work is progressing slightly slower than scheduled. Sengsangouane Chanthavong told reporters that to date only 13 per cent of the project is done whereas the schedule had called for 16 per cent to be complete.
Prasat Hin Phanom Rung Temple in the east Thailand province of Buriram is preparing to hold its annual festival. The Khmers built the temple in the 10th and 11th centuries so that the sun rises through its 15 portals. The festival celebrates this.
The partial closure of one runway at Bangkok’s main international airport is taking its toll on flight schedules. Statistics released by Air Traffic Services Thailand show that for the first 10 days of the shutdown at Suvarnabhumi Airport, an average 100 flights a day were 10 minutes late in taking off.