Bangkok’s 11 electric train routes will be sufficient to serve people in the capital

The government says all the electric train projects that it is implementing will be able to serve people in Bangkok after all are operational in 2022.

Assurance of mass transport services in the capital was voiced by Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusriphitak as he addressed at the meeting of the Committee for the Management of Land Traffic and acknowledged the progress in the construction of 11 electric routes in the capital, which will be operational between 2018-2022.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusriphitak (Photo: thaigov.go.th)

Dr Somkid said these projects, including the Green Line to Samut Prakan, south of Bangkok, cover 460-kilometre distance in total.

Upon completion of all projects and becoming operational in 2022, all routes and the extension will be adequate to serve the large number of Bangkok commuters.

He also said parking spaces would be arranged at 51 locations to accommodate 40,000 cars for convenience of park and ride passengers.

People can park their cars and take electric trains to their destinations, he said.

Somkid also said apart from the capital, the government would also develop mass transit system at other major cities such as Phuket, Chiang Mai, Korat and Phitsanulok.

Meanwhile, Deputy Transport Minister Pailin Chuchottaworn said the Brown Line from Kaerai to Ramkhamhaeng covering a distance of 21.5 km will connect with other electric rail routes in the future network of Bangkok mass transit system.

It will be the 11th rail route of the capital.

He also affirmed that construction of a new expressway over Kaset-Nawamin road is necessary and will go ahead to tackle traffic woe despite opposition from a Kasetsart university.

He said all parties should listen to different opinions and go forward together.