Governor calls for Phuket light rail project to start in 2017

Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada wants to get construction of the Phuket light rail project started as soon as next year to relieve the island’s traffic problems and attract more tourists.

Governor Chamroen announced his intentions Monday during a meeting with the committee in charge of organizing Phuket’s traffic. During this meeting, a representative from the Office of Transport, Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP) explained to officials the details of the construction plan for the Phuket light rail, the plans for which were designed by the OTP.

The governor went on to explain that the OTP has adjusted its original plans for the light rail to make it more suitable for each area it will pass through, and that the new plans will affect local residents less than the original plans.

“The engineering involved for this project focuses on safety details for this new public transportation system,” he said.

“The OTP is currently adjusting and improving the construction plan to accommodate the new infrastructure, which has been built along Thepkrasattri Road. The design must be as perfect as possible so construction fits perfectly with the underpasses, roundabouts and other areas such as the airport, Thepsrisin Bridge (Klong Koh Phee), in Wichit, and roads within the Phuket City Municipality boundary.”

He noted that, after the adjustments are complete, Phuket will add this project to their 2017 budget so they can get the funds to start construction.

Story: The Phuket News

 

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