At last a good news : BTS line extension at Taksin bridge about to open

The sky train extension from Taksin to Wong Wian Yai will open for a test run on Songkran day. Normal service is expected to begin by the middle of next month.

Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhan Barapatra said he and city administrators will be on board for the first test run of the BTS extension from Taksin to Wong Wian Yai on April 13 at 1am.

The service will be free of charge from May 15 to August 12. Normal fares will be implemented after August 12. (TOC)

At last ! At last a good and real news. Something meaningful.

Now… the bad news.

This extension is… 2,2 kilometers long. 2200 meters if you prefer. With 2 stations.

And this project was launched in…. 2003. 😉

Yes ladies and gentlemen. 6 years ago (read here ). And actually, the infrastructure work was finished long time ago (read here)…

The project, like all projects in Thailand, was riddled by problems, fighting between politicians, corruption etc.

So, now you understand why I created a “Mega projects” category… Why we were laughing when Thaksin, then Samak, then Abhisit were talking about “hundred of kilometers of new train lines”, new BTS lines, etc… Since 2005. 😉

8 Responses to “At last a good news : BTS line extension at Taksin bridge about to open”

  1. 1 Prokster 9 April 2009 at 11:41 am

    Dubai’s ‘BTS’ is nearly finished, and it runs for 50km’s or so. Built in just 4 years. And driverless trains as well, which isnt abad thing given the madness of Indian drivers.
    Shame it wil be 10 years at best before the BST runs to Rangsit, Petkasem Soi 100+ let alone Minburi.

  2. 2 DavidB 9 April 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Hey TC was your use of Thaksin and not Taksin, in your headline deliberate ??
    Remember, it’s because of the games the noble one was playing, that the line took so long and has only one set of tracks across the water.

  3. 3 Bangkokian 9 April 2009 at 12:34 pm

    At least, It can be open, not like the Hopewell project. And I hope it helps traffic flow in rush hour on the sathorn bridge a bit!

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 9 April 2009 at 1:27 pm

    No. Sorry. Just a typo. 😉

  5. 5 David on Formosa 9 April 2009 at 3:15 pm

    When I last visited Bangkok in May 2007 I went to have a look at and photograph the new stations which were nearly finished at that time. It was supposed to open at the end of 2007. Better late than never I guess.

  6. 6 Ben 10 April 2009 at 2:12 am

    The corruption level of a country is assessed in many ways. One is the “just and fair” operation of the government. This is glaringly missing in Thailand, especially the way the government define the protestors. At one time protestors are called “People Power”, at another time they are known as “Rioters”.

    Thailand is the only country in the world where the airport is being hijacked. This is something really amusing – we call those who hijack plane as “hijacker”, those who destroy the plane as “terrorist” and those who hijack the airport as “Thai Government”. This is how the world perception of how “just and fair” the Thai government is.

  7. 7 Johno 10 April 2009 at 3:41 am

    6 Years and 2200 metres – That equates to about 1 metre per day! Fantastic.

  8. 8 Mythbuster 10 April 2009 at 5:00 am

    The most “comical” aspect is that there are enother 3 kms of viaduct already erected beyond those 2.2 kms , where they have not laid the track….
    Do not ask me why, This is Silly Thailand.

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