New BTS Gold Line along Chao Phraya River expected in 2017

A new BTS Gold Line, which will extend from Thonburi station for three kilometers, is expected to open in 2017.

Taweesak Lertprapan, director of the Traffic and Transportation Department, said the organization is currently assessing public opinion on the new BTS Gold Line, which will be partially funded by the the Icon Siam project, the THB50-billion, riverside shopping mall and condominium project by Siam Piwat, Magnolia Quality Development, and CP.

The project, on Charoen Nakhon road, is also set to open in 2017 and brands itself as the “largest community mall” in Thailand, with two 40- and 70-storey towers covering 80,000 square meters.

In the first launch, the BTS line will extend from the old Thonburi station with two stops: Icon Siam and Thaksin Hospital.

Two more stations along Somdet Chao Phraya road will be added later.

The new gold line, which was not originally in the BTS construction plan, was proposed in July.

The project is expected to cost THB2-3 billion and serve 47,000 passengers per day, Than Settakij and Prachachart reported.

 

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