Tardy loans slow down completion of Hanoi Sky Train

City authorities in Hanoi say a new Sky Train line scheduled for live tests this month has been delayed yet again. Contractors say sections of track and side safety fences are still not complete and the reason is there are not enough funds available to do the work.

An unnamed source at one of the companies working on the project blamed the tardiness of a promised US$250 million loan to build the elevated rail system in the North Vietnam city. The source claimed the China Railway Sixth Group was supposed to have disbursed the loan but didn’t.

As a result many of the materials suppliers plus contractors building the line have not been paid. The Hanoi Sky Train broke ground in 2011 and was supposed to have been finished two years later. 

When the Hanoi Sky Train is eventually completed it will be 13kms long and connect the districts of Dong Da and Ha Dong. 12GO ASIA notes that cyclos, taxis, Uber, buses and rented motorcycles are still the only options at present for getting around this bustling metropolis.




Phuket Marine Department introduces new boat lifejacket rules

The head of the Marine Department for Phuket says new regulations governing lifejackets in Thailand were introduced on New Year’s Day. Surat Sirisaiyat explained that safety officers had collaborated with suppliers in standardising lifejackets.

16 January 2018

Weekend buskers fest to liven up the streets of George Town Penang

An international buskers’ festival is scheduled to take place in George Town on Penang Island this weekend. The festival is being staged by TLM Events and will offer music fans two evenings of scintillating entertainment provided by an all-star cast of international artistes.

16 January 2018

Bangkok transport authority says bus fares have to increase

The boss of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority told reporters last week that the price of travelling by bus has to go up. Nuttachat Charuchinda warned that the only way for the authority to clear its massive debt was to increase fares.

15 January 2018