Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on 16 December 2020 presided over the official opening of the BTS Green Line extension, between Mo Chit, Saphan Mai, and Khu Khot stations, and the first phase of Gold Line, from Krung Thon Buri to Khlong San stations.
The Green Line extension is the mass transit system connecting three provinces, namely Samut Prakan, Bangkok, and Pathum Thani. The Prime Minister stated that the project would make travel quicker and more convenient.
It would also reduce traffic congestion in the city of Bangkok and nearby provinces, save energy, and minimize air pollution, especially the PM 2.5 dust problem. With this extended route, the Green Line project can accommodate 1.5 million passengers a day.
As for the new Gold Line, it is a secondary mass transit system and Thailand’s first driverless monorail. The first phase of the Gold Line covers 1.8 kilometers, consisting of three stations, namely Krung Thon Buri, Charoen Nakhon, and Khlong San. It is expected to carry 42,000 passengers a day. This line also connects with the Green Line, and it will link with other mass transit projects in the future.
On 15 December 2020, the Prime Minister, accompanied by some Cabinet members, visited the Bang Sue Central Station, which will become Bangkok’s new main train station. This mega infrastructure project is scheduled to be opened in 2021.
He also heard a report on the Red Line suburban train route project, between Bang Sue and Rangsit stations. This project is expected to open for full service next year. It will help develop the country’s mass transit systems for more efficiency.
The Prime Minister said that the Government attached great importance to developing the country’s transport infrastructure in order to move forward economic and social development, as well as upgrading the people’s quality of life, promoting national stability, and enhancing Thailand’s competitiveness.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department