Members of the SRT Electrified Train Company’s labor union and some members of the public on Wednesday filed a petition to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha via the government’s Bangkok public complaints centre, calling for speedy procurement of seven electric trains for the Airport Rail Link.
The group presented documents, including results of an online poll to back their call, saying that seven new trains would help address crowded conditions on existing trains. They said that demand had risen greatly over the past seven years.
The group explained that the existing nine trains could support up to 72,000 commuters per day but sometimes the number of passengers – as per the month of April last year – rose to 85,221 people per day.
They said the Cabinet had approved the procurement on December 3, 2013 but nothing had been done since then.