THE OPENING of the Red Line route will be delayed to 2021 from 2020 due to delays that have set back construction, a source from the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) said recently.
“Since the start of construction in 2014 until now, about 60 per cent of the total project construction has been completed. As a result, the project may be delayed for opening by a year, from 2020 to 2021,” he said.
The 26-kilometre route runs from Bang Sue to Rangsit and comprises 10 |stations – Bang Sue, Chatuchak, Wat Samian Nari, Bang Khen, Thung Song Hong, Lak Si, Kan Kheha, Don Muang, Lak Hok (Rangsit University) and Rangsit.
The SRT also plans to extend the route from Rangsit to Thammasat University Rangsit, under a Bt6.57-billion budget that was approved by the National Economic and Social Development Board. The SRT will, in 2019, propose the extended route plan for the Cabinet’s approval, SRT’s acting governor Worawut Mala said recently. The extended route would have four stations – Klong Nueng, Bangkok University, Chiang Rak, and Thammasat University.
“We expect an average of 80,000 passengers a day on this route when it starts operations, generating an average Bt2.56 million a day, and growing to at least 130,000 average daily passengers over the next three years. This project will show a return of investment within 11 years from when it starts to operate,” Worawut said.