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Transport Ministry Plans Major Bangkok Bus Terminal Relocation

Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit announced plans on Tuesday for the relocation of two major bus terminals in Bangkok. The Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) and the Bangkok Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) are slated to be moved to the Krung Thep Abhiwat Central Terminal. Minister Suriya emphasized that this move aims to enhance convenience for travelers, as the Central Terminal will be easily accessible via the MRT electric rail system. The new location will feature a shared high-rise facility for both stations, with each floor designated for different routes. Additionally, an air-conditioned food center will be situated in the main hall. However, no specific timeline has been provided for the relocation project.

Meanwhile, the Mo Chit 2 Terminal in Chatuchak is currently undergoing renovations, with parts of the terminal closed for upgrades. Minister Suriya assured that these enhancements, including safety measures and a security system, are expected to be completed within 18 months. Despite the ongoing renovations, the terminal is anticipated to be ready to accommodate Songkran travelers by April.

In addressing construction delays on Rama II Road in Hua Hin, Minister Suriya disclosed measures taken to expedite the project. He revealed that the Department of Rural Roads has been instructed to implement a scorebook system with contractors to monitor construction deadlines closely. Contractors with low scores will face blacklisting from future projects with the ministry and the DRR. This action follows Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s directive to accelerate the long-overdue construction after concerns arose from a public survey highlighting congestion issues along Rama II Road, deterring tourists from visiting the resort town of Hua Hin.Regarding the construction timeline, Minister Suriya stated that the project, comprising 10 contracts, is now expected to conclude in June 2025, extending beyond the initial deadline in January. He attributed the delay to the financial challenges faced by contractors amid the pandemic, compounded by regulations restricting construction to nighttime to mitigate traffic congestion.

Gautham Suthakar
Gautham Suthakar
23, born and raised amidst the allure of Penang Island, Malaysia, I'm am an adventurous journalist now set to dive to the dynamic landscape and into the bustling streets of Bangkok, Thailand. With a fervent passion for storytelling and a thirst to offer fresh perspectives, join me as I unravel the rich tapestry of narratives in this vibrant city

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