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Bids for Phuket light-rail to open next year

Bids for Phuket light-rail to open next year

PHUKET: It has been confirmed today that bids for Phuket’s long-awaited light-rail system will open next year.

By Chutharat Plerin

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 02:46PM

Bids will open for the light-rail system despite the project not yet passing its critical EIA. Photo: OTP

Bids will open for the light-rail system despite the project not yet passing its critical EIA. Photo: OTP

Speaking to The Phuket News’ sister paper Khao Phuket today (Oct 25), Mr Sirigate Aphirat, a policy and planning officer at the Ministry of Transport’s Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP) said, “The project is currently in the stage of studying the public–private partnership (PPP). It is believed that this process will be done within few months.

This project is part of the government’s to introduce light-rail systems to major provinces in order to solve traffic problems in the area,” Mr Sirigate said.

“The Ministry of Transport has urged that the PPP be done within next year’s trimester. After that the project will be passed through the State Enterprise Policy Office (SEPO). Finally the project will be will be presented to the Cabinet and then bidding for construction will opened next year,” Mr Sirigate explained.

However, Mr Sirigate also confirmed today that the project had yet to pass its critical Environmental Impact Assessment.

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Jor12 | 27 October 2017 - 21:16:35

How does increasing buses on the roads ease congestion and what evidence is there that they will be used? 

Christy Sweet | 27 October 2017 - 20:29:47

Build it along the giant electric pylon route- it's perfect and already cleared and government owned- oh but's it to be another race track for the taxis to get to the airport. Just no  forward  thinking  here 

Kurt | 26 October 2017 - 20:26:08

Lets wait first outcome of that critical Environment Impact assessment, and....plus  possible reactions/protests of Phuket inhabitants and Phuket 'Transport sector'.

CaptainJack69 | 26 October 2017 - 11:58:35

Trying to reduce traffic congestion by reducing the available road space is crazy. Especially when you consider that this is an inflexible service that will go no where near the places where people actually want/need to go and so no one will use it.

When you also think about the chaos that the construction of this folly along the middle of some of our busiest roads will cause the whole thing se...

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