BTS bottleneck: Saphan Taksin to get double track

To relieve the traffic at the single-track Saphan Taksin station, officials decided to expand the station to a double track – although it will block the lanes of Sathorn bridge.

Walking back on its plan to demolish Saphan Taksin once and for all for faster traffic, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will instead expand the smallest BTS station by one meter on each side to build an additional track and waiting space, said Deputy Governor Amorn Kitchawengkul on Wednesday.

But as the Saphan Taksin station is right next to Sathorn elevated bridge, the expansion would take out two out of three lanes of the bridge. To solve this, officials will expand the affected part of the bridge by 80 centimeters on the other side to create another lane.

This new plan was decided instead of the previous project to get rid of the station to use the space for a double track. To accommodate residents, a moving walkway linking to Surasak station will be built, Prachachart reported.

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