About 1,400 policemen have been deployed yesterday and today to help control traffic flow around Bangkok’s Sanam Luang, with extra congestion expected due to a rehearsal for next weekend’s graduation ceremony at Thammasat University (TU), a senior police officer said.
Pol Maj-General Jirapat Phumjit, acting deputy city police chief, said 27 roads around Sanam Luang and the adjacent Grand Palace would be closed as on previous weekends, as police tried to prevent vehicles other than the shuttle buses coming into Rajdamnoen Nok Road’s Jor Por Ror intersection, Lan Luang intersection, Borommaratchachonnani Road’s Arun Amarin intersection, and Sanam Chai’s Raksa Dindaen roundabout.
He said the road closure had been effective in getting people to use shuttle buses.
With the university staging its rehearsal yesterday, Jirapat said police had urged parents and students not to bring their cars but to use the shuttle buses that pick people up at various locations in the city. He said cars would also be prohibited from parking inside the campus today from 5am onwards.
Motorists were advised to avoid using Na Phra That Road and nearby streets around the TU Tha Phra Chan Campus this and next weekends.
Jirapat said more information could be obtained by calling hotline 1197 or visiting the www.trafficpolice.go.th website.
Meanwhile, 17 chartered buses carrying 750 Maha Sarakham residents departed for Bangkok late on Friday night to allow people to pay their respects before the Royal Urn of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace’s Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall.
The trip was sponsored by local administrative organisations, with another four more trips planned on November 24, December 13, January 1 and January 20.
Another 18 chartered buses carrying 750 residents departed Phuket for Bangkok yesterday morning – as part of the province’s scheme to send 3,000 representatives to pay their respects to the monarch. More trips are scheduled for November 25, December 14, January 2.