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Suvarnabhumi Airport city railway link set to open early next year

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Suvarnabhumi Airport - Bangkok City Railway Link Terminal

The long-delayed Suvarnabhumi airport railway link project is expected to be completed by the end of this year and to open for service early next year, according to the project manager.

Speaking after leading a media tour to observe construction progress, Banjongsak Panthon, project manager and engineer, said the civil engineering portions of the airport railway link project is some 78.5 per cent complete and that the electrical and mechanical portions are about 80 per cent ready.

He said there is much progress in the construction of the station and railway system, with Tub Chang Station set to become the first to be completed in July. Now, it is 60 per cent complete.

State Railway given one month to finish Airport Rail Link plan

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

The state railway has been given one more month to complete its plan for the operation of the Bangkok Airport Rail Link so it can begin running on schedule. Deputy Transport Minister Sansern Wongcha-um said the railway linking Suvarnabhumi airport and Makkasan in the inner city was due to open late next year.

However, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) still did not have a concrete plan for its operation or for establishing the entity to run the system.

Setting up the operating body and training staff to run the service would all take time, and there was not much time remaining, he said.

Airport Link trains will arrive from Germany this month

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

The first two express trains for the Airport Rail Link between the inner city and Suvarnabhumi airport will arrive from Germany this month and tests runs are planned for late next year. Bancha Khongnakhon, acting governor of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), said the two trains total eight carriages.

They were being shipped by sea and would arrive at Laem Chabang port in Chon Buri province on Oct 15, 2007.

The trains will be shown to the public on Nov 9, 2007. Mr Bancha said nine trains had been ordered, with a total of 31 cars, from Siemens of Germany. After delivery they will be housed at the State Railway of Thailand depot in the Soon Wijai area.

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