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Trains to begin, terminate at Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong, not Bang Sue, pending study


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Yes because having trains crawl through Bangkok at street level is just so darn efficient.

 

7 hours ago, webfact said:

until the completion of a study into the impacts of the rail services on commuters and the operations of the suburban line (Red Line) which is expected to take at least 30 days.

Awesome time for a study. This line is already constructed and operating.

 

Just take the blue line MRT subway from Hua Lamphong to Bang Sue, then use the underground connector to get to the new RR "Grand" station, or connect to the red line.

 

Wasn't this "the plan"?

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Geoffggi said:

Shouldn't this kind of survey have been completed before building Bang Sue ...............???

That would have been hard to do, since Bang Sue wasn't completed.  I believe the point of the survey is to know if service from Hua Lamphong will be utilized by enough customers to justifying it remaining open.  Or will people originate from Bang Sue, as possibly more convenient for customers going long haul.

 

Seems like a practical survey to do before shutting down the terminal.  Bang Su isn't the easiest to get to via public trans, or taxi / self drive, if you live closer to the old station or the 1 MRT line that stop there.  Especially if you need to change lines with luggage to get to Bang Su, as some of the transfer point involve quite a bit of walking & time.

 

But if you've never used the various lines, you wouldn't know that.  Not as quick and convenient as you'd expect.

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And with service continuing during the "study period", conjecture above gets blown out of the water.

 

Committee time.

 

Honestly this was done ages ago, decades perhaps.

 

chidchob is just dealing with the last few stragglers. Offering a "study" is a classic thai way to avoid conflict (a good thing BTW), acknowledge complaints and then steamroll forward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Geoffggi said:

Shouldn't this kind of survey have been completed before building Bang Sue ...............???

Not really, as Bang Sue was planned to be a major hub. When the survey should have been done was before the decision to close Hua Lamphong. But instead it's done after, as Thailand always does things backwards. So, now we get ready for yet another typically-Thai U-turn.

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They spend 10 years and a squillion dollars on Bang Sue Grand....and it becomes just a suburban station???...Sorry people..the deal has been done and dusted....!!

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