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.
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