Posted: 24/02/2008 4:36 pm Post subject: BKK Ring - Pet project of PM Samak
Reviving Bangkok Ring Railways - Prachachart Thurakij - 21-24 Feb 2008
Now, the old Ghost of BKk Ring railway which has been mothballed since 2003 has been revioved by PM Samak. This rign is about 82.5 km. with 37 stations and 58 billion Baht price tag which can be listed as follows:
Track: 72.87 km elevated tracks 3.39 km underground tunnel 5.70 km at grade.
37 Station for Samak Ring
1. Bangkhen on Ngam Wongwan road near Bangkhen Railway station .. need to connect with red line commuter
2. Kasetsart on Ngam Wongwan road near Kaset Intersection ... Need to connect with future Kasetsart station of BTS
3. Lad Plakhao - Lad Plakhao Road - a short cut linking Chokchai 4 Road (Ladphrao 53), Ram Indra Road, and Senanikhom Road (Phaholyothin 32) together since there are already several suburb villages there includign Senaniwet (Senaniwet 1, Senaniwet 2,Senaniwet 3), Panthong,
4) Maiyalarp - Soi Maiyalarp - a shortcut linking Ram Indra Road and Kaset-Nawamin Road near Lad Phrao canal
5) Satree Witthaya 2 - a famous girls' high school in Thailand - a branch from the originalSatree Witthaya at Democracy Monument -> near
6) Lam Jiak - Lam Jiak Canal .. a shortcut to Ram Indra
7) Nuan Chan - Nuan Chan Intersection -> will be built on Nawamin Road. Can be
The northern depot of 23 rai will be not far from Grand Sport Stadium
8) Sri Boorapha - on nawamin Road near Sri Boorapha Intersection and Serithai Park -. can be renamed as Serithai Park
9) NHA - National Housing Authority - the state enterprise handling the construction of houses and apartments and the setup of the suburb villages and communities for those who cannot afford housing from the private sector. NHA HQ is already surrounded by the villages NHA has set up.
10) Bang Kapi - a busy area with The Mall, Tawanna Plaza (the 2nd Panthip), Carrefour, and Happyland flea market, a van and BMTA bus terminal. This will be a busy interchange with an Orange line at Lam Salee and Yellow Line at Bang Kapi.
11) Krugnthep Kreetha - Intersection to SEAP Game villages as well as the suburb villages, B Grimm Group HQ, Unico Golf club and Ba Prasart Museum not far from the interchange -> can be interchanged with Orange line
12) Hua Mark - Hua Mark Railway station, Jusco Srinakharin - interchanged with Airport Transit
13) Sri Nut - the intersection where Sri Nakharin and Onnut intersect - close to Onnut Post Office
14) Seacon Square - a station between SEACON Square (the biggest mall in Thailand) and Seri Center (the 3rd Panthip)
15) Sri Udom - the intersection where Sri Nakharin and Udomsuk intersect - close to Rama IX Park
16) Sri Iam - Wat Sri Iam temple - the place where Srinakharin intersects Banga-Trad Highway, close to Central City Bangna and Bang Na Distric Office
17) Sri Nakharin - a station near Carrefour and Macro - the first station in Samut Prakarn
18) Sri Thepha - intersection and flea market on Thepharak Road
19) Poochao Samingphrai - a station near Poochao Samingphrai Intersection - needs either skybridge linking Poochao Samingphrai station with Samrong Nuea Station of Skytrain or a new station for convenient interchange
20) Samrong Tai - not far from Samrong Tai Police Station
21) Bang Ya Phraek - a shortcut lane to Wat Bang Ya Phraek on Poochao Samingprai Road - surrounded with factories. The last station before the underwater tunnel under the Chao Phraya, not far from Phetra pier (a pier opposite to Phra Padaeng)
22) Nakhon Khenkhan (Phra Padaeng) - The main street of Phra Padaeng, and the only underground station near Phra Padaeng intersection where Nakhon Kueankhan road intersects with Suksawat road
23) Pracha Uthit - the main road to KMUTT (King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi) - the only station at ground level - needs to be high enough (about 3 meters) to withstand flooding - the first station in Thonburi
near Soi Pracha Uthit 39. eed Land Exapropriation.
24) Bang Mod - near Phutthaboochai Road (a road to Wat Phutthaboocha), Thonburirom Park and Godmother Thabthim shrine. The 18-rai southern depot will be there. However, the depot must be far from the shrine and temple since compensation for temples and shrines is always very high (building new ones as replacements). Need Land Exapropriation.
25) Rama II - Near Rama II Highway and Soi Plang -> Need Land Exapropriation.
26) Jomthong - Jomthogn Road near SOi Wajana -> Need Land Exapropriation.
27) Bang Wah - near Siam University (phetkasem 36) -> Interchange with Blue line subway and Greenline Skytrain - will become Southern Bangkok Transportation Center -> Need Land Exapropriation.
28) Bang Waek - Rajpruek Road near Bangwaek Canal near Soi Sone Jaroen - needs feeder vans to pick up passengers
29) Suwan Plabpla - Rajpruek Road near Soi Charansanitwognse 35
30) Talingchan - Rajpruek Road near talign Chan Police Station and Borom Ratchachonnanee Road (a road from Pinklao to Nakhon Chaisri) -> ocan be renamed as Chimplee or Bormrajchonnanee
31) Mahasawat - Rajpruek Road near Soi Phithak Tham and Mahasawat Canal - a canal which separates Talignchan from Bang Kruay - the last station in Thonburi
32) Song Ploo - Rajpruek Road near Wat SOngploo -> a temple in Bangkruay
33) Nakhon In - Nakhon In Road near Bangkruay - Sai noy road near the shortcut lane to Wat Sangkhathan
34) Rama V Bridge - a new bridge, the station is in Wat Nakhon In side -. near Phibunsonggram 2 Pier
35) Tiwanon - Intersection between Nonthaburi bypass road and the Pracharat Road near Wat Lanna Bun Primary School, could connect with Big C Tiwanon
36) Ministry of Public Health - between Soi Pin Praphakhom and Soi Bumrat Naradun (the lane to Bumrat Naradun Medical Institute near Ministry of Public Health) Need either new inerchange station with Purple line or track sharing if BMA has transferred this line to MRTA.
37) Ngam Wongwan (Phongphet) - the last station in Nonthaburi near The Mall Ngamwongwan, Bang Lamphoo Department Store
Ticket price: 10 Baht + Number of km of riding
COnstruction Cost:58.194 billion Baht
Civil WOrk on Track: 18.029 billion Baht
Station Construction: 2.890 billion Baht
The Bridge constrction in Parallel with Rama 5 Bridge and otehr bridges:
1.819 billion Baht
Electric and Mechanic Works: 15.710 billion Baht
Electric and Depot: 3.800 billion Baht
Administration Cost: 0.400 billion Baht
Land Exappropriation: 3.540 billion Baht
Rollign Stocks: 4.637 billion Baht
Other expenditure:5.229 billion Baht
Emergency Funds: 2.137 billion Baht
First year Number of Daily passenger: 250000 passengers a day
Time for construction: 5 Years
More detail can be seen in the article from Prachachart Thurakij (7-10 August 2003) whcih can be summarized as follows:
The Bangkok Ring Railway rolling stocks will follow Skytrain specifications which can be described as follows:
Type : Heavy Rail, 3-car formation - 750 V third rail supply with air-conditioning
Body: Stainless Steel
1) Motorized cars - for both ends - 3 meters wide, 23 meters long, 4 meters high -> carrying 299 passengers a car
2) Non-motorized cars at the center - 3 meters wide, 22 meters long, 4 meters high -> carrying 325 passengers a car
Maximum Speed: 80 km/hr
Traveling Speed: 40 km/hr (due to the longer distance between each station)
Operating time: 5am to midnight - in line with the subway
Operating Headway: 6 minutes for normal time and faster for rush hour
The environmental assessment is done and ready to be submitted to the cabinet. If the cabinet approves the project, construction could be started immediately after picking the concession holder as well as the contractors.
Note: for 2 Depots, the most likely development is the home office and highrise residential buildings since it is in the suburb areas.
Commentary: Feeder vans to pick up those in suburb villages are still on demand since the ring does not cover all corners of Bangkok even though the government is going to limit the number of vans in Bangkok.
Integrated ticket systems and Sky bridges linking malls, superstores, discount stores, as well as Skytrain, Subway and Railway stations must be in the investment package if BMA wants to ensure that the number of daily passengers will reach 1 million a day.
BTSC and BMCL would have a good change to win the bid since both of them could use the rolling stock available in the depots to run the system while they could order a second batch (6-car formation) from Siemens as well as other firms to serve busy routes (e.g. Sukhumvit Line).
Even if they don't order more trains, they have to invest on the interchanges--especially at Bang Wah which will become a busy interchange, Kaset, Samrong Nuea, Tiwanon [for Northern section of Purple line ], Lam Salee [Orange line], Phra Padaeng [for SOuthern section of Purple line - not an interchange, but a sky bridge].
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