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Taksin station removal begins

By on Jun 02, 2012 in Property News

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is dismantling the platform at Saphan Taksin BTS station above Sathon Bridge to make room for the installation of dual tracks.

Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra, who inspected the station yesterday, said the installation of dual tracks will ease the flow of electric trains on the route.At the moment, a single track carries trains going both ways between the Bangkok and the Thon Buri sides of the Chao Phraya River, leading to bottlenecks.

The BMA would solve the problem by laying another track through where the station’s platform is built.

The BMA will build a moving walkway, or “walkalator”, to carry commuters from Saphan Taksin station to Surasak station 700 metres away once the station has been dismantled.

Earlier, the BMA sought permission from the Rural Roads Department to expand Sathon Bridge to accommodate the installation of another track and keep Saphan Taksin station.

However, the department rejected the request.

The BMA and Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc (BTS) later agreed to remove Taksin station to accommodate the twin tracks.

The station serves 50,000-70,000 commuters a day.

The additional track will cost 70 million baht and the walkalator will cost 600 million baht.

The Bangkok Council has approved a budget for them and the work can start once the Interior Ministry gives the BMA the go-ahead.

“Without Taksin station, electric trains from the extended line [in Thon Buri] will be able to cross the Chao Phraya River faster, which will be more convenient for people from the Thon Buri side,” MR Sukhumbhand said.

The bottleneck at Saphan Taksin station has slowed train traffic, especially during peak hours.

Close cooperation between the BMA and BTS led to the decision to dismantle the platform. The station belongs to the company.

The governor also inspected the construction of an elevated walkway at Wong Wian Yai station.

Source : Bangkok Post 1 June 2012

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