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Phuket business consortium vows Singapore-style bus network within five years

Phuket business consortium vows Singapore-style bus network within five years

PHUKET: A consortium of 25 investors, driven by key people from prominent Phuket business families, are spending B100 million to design a public transportation system for Phuket. The group have already contracted a feasibility study into the mass-transit system, which will include a bus network, and say they hope to see it under development as early as next year.

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By Supatra Sutham

Saturday 12 November 2016, 11:00AM


Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan was the guest of honour for the announcement at the Pearl Hotel on Wednesday night (Nov 8), which also revealed that the consortium will be collaborating with the government as a public-private infrastructure development alliance.

The investors, under the banner of the Phuket City Development Co Ltd (PKCD) corporation, will draw up a 20-year development plan to improve Phuket’s transport infrastructure, which for decades primarily has been under the control of private tuk-tuk, taxi and limousine cartels.

Top priority has been given to delivering a mass-transit bus network to operate in concert with the light-rail project that is still awaiting approval by the Cabinet.

Phuket has been waiting more than 10 years for the planned light-rail system which – when, or if – it arrives will provide public transport from Tha Noon in Phang Nga to the north of Phuket, past Phuket International Airport, through Phuket Town and terminate at Chalong Circle in the south of the island.

Developing the bus network has been given top priority and is expected to cost B400 million, said PKCD co-founder Kan Prachumpan who is also the chief executive of The Beach Group of companies which has developed more than a billion baht of properties in its 18 years of operations in Phuket.

“We are working on a 20-year master plan with smart urban planning,” he told The Phuket News. “Our concept is Innovation, Green Infrastructure and Green Mobility for Sustainable Phuket. We want to develop our public transit to be comparable with Singapore.

“Our projects will focus on development related to the growth of tourism, especially transportation. We are still in our first stage, and the B100mn investment (used to form PKCD) is being used to hire a project consultant and will be used to design public mass transit for five main lines (routes) and other areas,” Mr Kan said.

“For our next phase, we will invest in low-floor transit buses, transit repair depots, digital advertising, traffic direction and so on. For this stage we will need at least B400mn,” he added.

The “smart buses” are to be low-emission, air-conditioned, offer free WiFi and be able to be tracked by GPS.

“I promise within five years, we’ll see these buses running” Mr Kan said.

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“The Prince of Songkla University and Mahidol University are conducting a survey for us to figure out why people have stopped using public buses,” explained fellow PKCD co-founder Montavee Hongsyok of Phuket’s Anuphas Group.

The new bus network will not displace the 36 pink Po Thong buses provided by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO), he added.

“We will still use Po Thong on some routes as they have become an icon of Phuket,” he said

After developing a local bus network along Phuket’s main commuter routes, PKCD will submit a tender for building Phuket’s light-rail system, but only from the Heroines Monument to Chalong Circle, via Phuket Town, Mr Kan said.

“This project will need at least B20 billion.” Mr Kan explained, adding that to fund the mega-project, PKCD will be floated on the Stock Exchange of Thailand to draw investment from the public.

Present for the launch on Wednesday was also PKCD co-founder Suradech Taweesaengsakulthai, who is also the CEO of Khon Kaen City Development Co Ltd, which initiated the same form of public-private development corporation in that northeastern city.

“My province did not have enough money to improve our infrastructure, so we businessmen have to do it,” he explained.

“I am glad that I am part of the development of Phuket, and now Phuket and Khon Kaen are moving forward together to increase market capital,” he added.

Gov Chockdee voiced his support. “PKCD is good for Phuket,” he said.

“The company belongs to Phuketians and no one should know more about this island than local people and what needs to be done to their city. We are truly support this enterprise,” he added.

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swerv | 09 January 2017 - 12:05:55

Andy: Why have you referred to me regarding this article? I have not commented as i have been busy with other things.
Why do you and others think that i am also Joe12? As explained before, Joe12 is far more eloquent than me, however we both share the same ideals in that we don't like people slagging off Thai people, Thailand and Phuket. Add false information, unconnected comments and pure BS ...

Andy | 08 January 2017 - 17:25:52

Joe12/swerve
\"If the place is that bad why do you live here?\" Oh no, not that moronic comment again! Many posters here have previously explained to you the position on this. In any event it is non of your damn business, or mine, or anyone else that reads here why Ed lives here.

Kurt | 07 January 2017 - 18:20:03

Not give it more than just a reading. And I was laughing.
Anyone Phuket reader here feels attached/striked with that 20 year develop/master plan?
Who thai on Phuket gives thoughts more than 1 year?
Governors stay just less than 2 years, so can forget them.

A launch, as mentioned, how much money is involved, from who, for who?

Joe12 | 07 January 2017 - 17:00:04

Ed...gotta love the comments from the Minister of doom and gloom. If the place is that bad why do you live here? If you bothered to read the article the first stage of development is centred on main commuter routes and through the heart of the retail and residential areas. Common sense should tell you it's merely a matter of finance and feasibility. 

Ed Sanders | 13 November 2016 - 00:43:39

Why does the proposed route map leave the entire west coast of Phuket in the shadows? Is this conceding to the fact that the west coast is destined to forever be under the control of the most inefficient, corrupt and hated public transport element on the island?  This is just another boondoggle that leaves the busiest section of the island just as it is, when in fact it is in the most dire need of...

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