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Phuket tramway design to be finalised next week

Phuket tramway design to be finalised next week

PHUKET: Design of tramway track construction in Phuket is likely to be concluded by next week, Deputy Transport Minister Pailin Chuchottaworn said, as a dispute over how the rail structure will be laid is close to being settled.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 7 June 2019, 11:44AM

Construction of the project is planned to begin next year and services will begin in 2024. Image: OTP

Construction of the project is planned to begin next year and services will begin in 2024. Image: OTP

Speaking after a meeting of a panel handling the transport system in Phuket, Mr Pailin said the talks zeroed in on the design of tram track construction along densely populated areas from the province’s airport to Muang district.

He said locals are opposed to elevated tracks and work is under way to determine how construction at three or four spots could be handled in a way that would have the least impact on road traffic.

The preliminary directive is to make sure the number of road lanes does not decline, he said. “It is possible that trams could share roads [with other vehicles],” Mr Pailin said. “There could be no separation of tramway tracks from the roads.”

He said the Department of Highways (DoH) would be allowed to decide on this matter as well as tram stations to ensure road lanes would not be affected. The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) would draw up designs and let the DoH choose.

The DoH was earlier opposed to the original design of the tramway construction and raised the issue with the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning. The delayed project was found with an environmental impact assessment (EIA) which had nearly expired, he said.

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“This stems from the conflict between the organisations under the ministry over the issue,” Mr Pailin said.

DoH director-general Anon Luangboriboon said that before light rail transits are developed in regional areas, such as Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen and Chiang Mai, talks must be held to ward off similar problems.

If roads under the supervision of the DoH are to be affected, analysis of the traffic impact would be needed.


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Christy Sweet | 08 June 2019 - 08:53:52

What? Not only a traffic circle- which we all know do not work in Selfish-Bad-Driver-Land, but  moving train cars to be avoided?  This will be known as Pile-Up Junction.

CaptainJack69 | 08 June 2019 - 03:45:42

I simply can't believe this farce is still going on. 4 years to dig a simple under-pass in Chalong and already it looks like they've messed that up all the way back in the planning phase. How many decades will this vanity project go on for? And how much disruption and traffic chaos will be caused? All for a mass transit system that no one will use.

Pascale | 07 June 2019 - 21:23:32

To the attention of Mr.K.It's about the design of the tramway as the article clearly states.Nothing to do with the already designated route.To hard to comprehend again? There will be no tram through  or over or around the Darasamut underpass.

Discover Thainess | 07 June 2019 - 20:45:11

Does anyone know (apart from opportunities for huge graft) why they are continuing with this nonsense project? You only have to watch the video on FB this week of the railway crossing where everyone ignores the barriers & lights to see what will happen if they share Road & Rail together. I can see the carnage now. This whole project must be stopped now, it’s ridiculous in every way.

Kurt | 07 June 2019 - 13:30:19

Well, specially to attention mr Pascale, as we see today, nothing is sure yet about the light rail tracking until (perhaps) next week (?).  In many countries light rail shares road with normal traffic. And light rail/trams have always 'first way'. That will shock the thai driving culture in the beginning. Just remember, light rail trams are stronger than cars.


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