Work on new Bangkok Orange Line train tracks to begin in June
Thailand has confirmed contracts for the construction of a new Bangkok urban train line have been signed. The national Transport Ministry says construction work on the eastbound section of the Orange Line from the Thailand Cultural Centre MRT Station to Minburi will commence in June.
This section of the Orange Line will feature 17 stations and cover 23kms. The estimated date of completion is sometime in 2023. Arkhom Termpittayapaisit, Thailand’s transport-minister says the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand has sub-contracted out the construction project to a conglomerate venture made up of Italian Thai Development, Unique Engineering and CKST.
The Orange Line will eventually run from Bang Khun Non to Minburi via the Thailand Cultural Centre if the initial proposals are fully actioned. The government has not so far affirmed when work on the westbound line to Bang Khun Non will start.
The Orange Line is part of the Thai government’s aim of making affordable, convenient and comfortable travel in Bangkok available for all. Thailand Cultural Centre Station is a stop for underground Blue Line MRT trains running between Hua Lamphong Station and Chatuchak Park.
Hua Lamphong Station is the main Bangkok station for intercity train departures and arrivals. 12GO ASIA provides ticket reservation services for trains to towns and cities including Chiang Mai, Nong Khai, Ubon Ratchathani and Suratthani.
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