BRT approved for service to Phaholyothin transport hub

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

THE BUS RAPID Transit system has been approved to service the Phaholyothin Transportation Hub Area project on 2,325 rai (372 hectares), according to the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy (OTP).

During the third public hearing on the BRT project’s environmental impact assessment held in Bangkok yesterday, Wijit Nimitrwanich, a transport technical adviser from the OTP, presented the final report on the BRT project to about 200 participants from the private and public sectors.

The 10-kilometre BRT route providing public transport to the hub covers 16 stations, beginning at Bang Sue Central Railway Station, crossing a group of railroad tracks with an elevated road at Kamphaeng Phet Sixth Road before passing several streets and turning to where it began in the project’s compound.

The BRT route is two-way except for the lanes surrounding Bang Sue Central Railway Station, which will be one-way. Each BRT lane will be separated from private-car lanes.

However, the BRT’s operation that was proposed by the OTP was based on Mo Chit 2 Bus Terminal, which occupies 16 rai , moving out of the project area.

With the project’s design, there would be only the sub-terminal left provided with minibuses from Bangkok to any destination no more than 300km outside Bangkok.

The BRT will have a Bt1.8-billion maintenance depot on 7 rai.

The appropriate investment model will depend on the State Enterprise Policy Office, but the private sector seems to be interested only in operating the BRT.

The OTP also presented the final report on the East-West Skywalk project linking Bang Sue Central Railway Station to the Skytrain Mo Chit Station and the MRT subway’s Chatuchak Station. It would be 1.27km long and 6 metres wide.

There would be a North-South ground walkway project designed to link Kamphaeng Phet Road to the bus sub-terminal. This would come with a car lane along with the edge of the commercial zone or “Zone D”, covering a combined 83 rai of land.

Zone D was supposed to be developed into commercial areas of about a million square metres and expected to draw in investment of Bt20 billion from the private sector.

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