Governor moves for Phuket light rail project to start in 2017

Posted on July 27, 2016

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Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada is moving to get construction of the Phuket light rail project started as soon as next year to relieve the island’s traffic woes and boost its tourism for the future.

The announcement from Gov Chamroen came yesterday (July 25) when he presided over a meeting with a committee in charge of organising Phuket’s traffic.

Also in attendance at the meeting were Vice Governor Khajornkiet Rakpanichmanee; Phuket Highways Office Director Patiwetwutisak Sukkhee and other officials.

During the meeting, a representative from the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planing (OTP) explained to officials details of the construction plan for the Phuket light rail which has been designed by the OTP.

Gov Chamroen went on to explain further that the OTP has adjusted the original plans for light rail project to make it more suitable for each area through which it will pass, and that the new plans will affect local residents less than before.

“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 have been built along Thepkrasattri Rd. 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.

“After the adjustments are complete we will add this project to our list in the 2017 budget so we can get the funds to get construction started,” he added.

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