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Phuket’s ‘critical’ traffic woes getting B71bn ‘mega-project’ fix: Transport Minister

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Phuket’s ‘critical’ traffic woes getting B71bn ‘mega-project’ fix: Transport Minister

 

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Transport Minister Lt Gen Arkhom Termpittayapaisith today branded Phuket’s public transport problems as “critical” and promised that B71 billion was being spent on resolving the island’s stifling traffic woes. Photo: PR Dept

 

PHUKET:-- Thailand’s Transport Minister Lt Gen Arkhom Termpittayapaisith today branded Phuket’s public transport problems as “critical” and promised that B71 billion was being spent on resolving the island’s stifling traffic woes.

 

“We well know that public transportation issues have left in Phuket in a critical situation, and this includes all issues, including those at from Phuket International Airport,” Gen Arkhom told a meeting of Phuket officials at phuket Boat Lagoon, in Koh Kaew, today (Mar 20).

 

“The NCPO has provided the support needed for the tunnels (underpasses) along on the main road Route 402 (Thepkrasattri Rd). The Darasamuth and Sam Kong underpasses are open, and one lane will be opened through the Bang Khu underpass to resolve traffic jams until the Bang Khu underpass opens in August this year,” he added.

 

Gen Arkhom pointed out that the light-rail project, to provide a mass-transit system connecting Thanoon in Phang Nga with Chalong Circle, will be presented for its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval before the year’s end.

 

“We will push for this (light-rail) project to move forward by allocating a B31bn budget,” he said.

 

Regarding the decades-in-coming Patong Tunnel, connecting Phuket’s busiest tourist town with the east side of the island, Mr Arkom noted, “The Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT) has competed studies on the Kathu–Patong Rd. EXAT is pushing to get more budget to make the Kathu-Patong route an expressway (toll road).

 

“This project is also in the process of having its environmental effects report compiled, but when complete will resolve many traffic jams,” he said.

 

Gen Arkhom added that the “new bypass” road, covering 22km from Thepkrasattri Rd in Koh Kaew to the main road feeding Phuket International Airport in Sakoo, already has a budget of B13bn allocated towards its completion.

 

Full Story: http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-critical-traffic-woes-getting-b71bn-mega-project-fix-transport-minister-61463.php#YBKDLgo1xeATP4VA.97

 
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6 minutes ago, NamKangMan said:

 

They can build everything they want, BUT, until they address the mafia control over the essential service called transport, nothing is going to change here.

 

Currently, EVERYONE needs access to a vehicle on Phuket. or be at the mercy of the transport mafia.

 

A disgraceful situation, and hardly fitting of "A World Class Tourist Destination." 

 

...and so the million dollar question...who is the mafia controllers....

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This article will have all the high end retailers happy.  A new wave of cash coming in.

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How about some public buses? You know, like the coaches that clog up the roads that create the traffic. That kind.
Not the kind that's a converted rice truck.

Get your standards up.

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Should be done in time for the George Jetson age. 

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Seems the site is a bit cranky again today. 

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