Bangkok: The building of the extended section of the Green line rail route from Mor Chit to Pathum Thani will begin in June, the project which costs 58,862millin Bhat is not expected to ease traffic congestion until at least 2020, with road conditions set to worsen due to the removal of a flyover at Kasetsart intersection on Phahon Yothin Road, in order to pave the way for the construction of the 19-km elevated rail track according to Gen Yoyuth Boonyatkarn board chariman of the MRT authority of Thailand, which oversees the capital’s subway system.
The extended route will link the BTS’s Mor Chit station and run along Phahon Yothin Road to Saphan Mai in Bang Khen district and end in tambon Khu Khot in Pathum Thani’s Lam Luk Ka district.
There will be a total of 16 stations along the 19-km route.
The extended Green Line is expected to serve upwards of 170,000 commuters a day and ease traffic congestion between Bangkok and Pathum Thani, Gen Yodyuth said.
Its construction follows the MRTA recently giving the go ahead for private companies to win four separate construction contracts worth a total of 28.7 billion baht, he said.
The project is due for completion in 2020.
The agency is also working on the Orange Line, linking Taling Chan and Min Buri. This project is expected to receive cabinet approval this year with construction starting next year, he added.
The Pink Line (Khae Rai-Min Buri) and the Yellow Line (Lat Phrao-Samrong), will be built as monorails.
The Purple Line (Tao Pun-Rat Burana) is also making progress and the MRTA will ask the Transport Ministry to forward the plans for the lines to the cabinet for approval, which will lead to their construction beginning in 2017.