SRT suffers 31.9 million loss from rail blockade

State Railways of Thailand governor Prapat Chongsa-nguan said the railway blockade by rubber farmers has inflicted loss of 31.9 million baht to the state railway.

The loss was from revenues to be derived from 160 passenger train and 16 freight trains which have to stop services since the blockade began August 27 at the rail line between Ban Toon and Cha-uat stations.

Meanwhile the Transport Company managing director Wuthichart Kallayanamitr said bus services to the southern provinces are still on as all buses were advised to turn to secondary routes to avoid road and highway blockades by the rubber farmers.

He said at present each bus has to make a 30-100 kilometer detour, thus spending additional one hour for each trip. The detour caused 100,000 baht more a day for the Transport Company alone as fuel cost.

He said the Transport Company  and its pool bus operators operates 500 trips a day to and from Bangkok during this low season.

Deputy Transport Minister Gen Pruen Suwanatat said so far rubber protesters have set up blockades at seven locations in five provinces, namely Rayong, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, and Trang.

But he assured that travels to the South are still uninterrupted as the Transport Company has adjusted  secondary routes to avoid these blockades.

Air services in Krabi and Nakhon Si Thammarat remain normal but airport authorities have contingency plan to cope with in case the situation worsened.