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Phuket light-rail bids set for mid-2020

Phuket light-rail bids set for mid-2020

PHUKET: Bidding for construction of the light-rail system in Phuket is likely to take place in the middle of next year, according to the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA).

By The Phuket News

Monday 2 December 2019, 09:37AM

Bids to start building Phase 1 of Phuket’s light-rail system are expected to open mid-2020, says MRTA Governor Pakapong Sirikantaramas. Image: OTP

Bids to start building Phase 1 of Phuket’s light-rail system are expected to open mid-2020, says MRTA Governor Pakapong Sirikantaramas. Image: OTP

MRTA Governor Pakapong Sirikantaramas said the revised design of the light-rail system is pending consideration by the MRTA’s board, and when approved it will be forwarded to the Transport Ministry and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) committee for approval, reports the Bangkok Post. (See story here.)

The MRTA has tweaked the design of the 41.7-kilometre route, which will run from Phuket International Airport to Chalong Circle, to include tunnels and elevated sections to avoid an adverse impact on traffic, MRTA Governor Pakapong said, reconfirming previous reports. (See story here.)

The scheme will be developed under the PPP Net Cost scheme, whereby the private sector shoulders investment costs and risks in addition to the government’s B27 billion investment, and shares revenue with the government under a 28-year concession contract covering three years of construction and 25 years of operation, noted the Bangkok Post, which reported the project cost as B35bn.

However, MRTA’s Project Development Department Director, Gardphajon Udomdhammabhakdi confirmed to The Phuket News earlier this year that the budget for only Phase 1 of the project stood at B34.8bn.

“Actually, we don’t know how much Phase 2 will cost,” Mr Gardphajon said.

Phase 2 of the project is to comprise three stations along the northern extension from the turnoff to the airport on Thepkrasattri Rd to Tha Noon in Phang Nga. (See story here.)

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MRTA Governor Pakapong said the system is expected to serve 70,000 passengers per day with fares collected based on the distance travelled up to a B137 maximum per trip.

Mr Gardphajon told The Phuket News in June that construction was planned to start towards the end of 2020 and would take three years to complete. Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed in 2024. (See story here.)



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Christy Sweet | 03 December 2019 - 21:48:44

Why, oh why do they not run it up the electrical pylon access road that is about 1 km to the west of route 402?  They've  even been moving those structures to the side. 

Rorri_2 | 03 December 2019 - 12:18:58

And if Thais don't have enough trouble, negotiating round-a-bouts, this "artists" impression now has a train going throught the middle... CCTV footage will be fun to watch.

ematt | 03 December 2019 - 12:01:23

Who new that there were some many mass transport experts living in Phuket? And they all post on the PN!

Kurt | 03 December 2019 - 11:02:46

At the routes of the light-rail system we may expect a significant increasing number of road accidents, causing the usual stand still of traffic at the spot, and thus bringing Light-rail service to a stop for some time, every time. Bear in mind, Light-rail trains are solid toys, when you get hit, you are in trouble.

Timothy | 03 December 2019 - 09:12:44

Oh great, they are actually going ahead with this stupid train. Get ready for years of traffic jams. Should be a lot of snouts in the trough, so expect the budget to balloon with years of "unforeseen delays". 70,000 passengers per day? I doubt it. How about necessary infrastructure?? 

Island Man | 03 December 2019 - 07:10:49

It seems it would be equally, if not more important, to connect Phuket to the rail system which runs from BKK to the South.

Foot | 02 December 2019 - 13:09:39

The math will never make sense.
From the total cost to build, to operational, to fare, this will be a huge, no colossal, money pit to Thailand.
Who will benefit from all this? 

Fascinated | 02 December 2019 - 13:07:53

We plan to build something but don't know what it will cost- classic!

Kurt | 02 December 2019 - 11:23:46

What will be the first operational?
The Light-Rail, or the Water Pipe Line from Phang Nga to secure Phuket for once and forever water supply?


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