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Old Aug 2, 2021, 4:16 pm
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SRT red lines are finally open
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Old Aug 2, 2021, 8:48 pm
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This is confusing, is he talking about the Light Red or Dark Red line? Because he ends up taking the train to Bang Sun where there's a connection to the MRT Purple Line which is on the Light Red Line, not the Dark Red Line. But he talks about the Dark Red Line to DMK and Rangsit. So which opened today and which one is he trying to VLOG about?

ETA: Both are open but in that video he ends up taking the light red train to Bang Sun Station to check out the connection to the Purple Line.

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Old Aug 3, 2021, 8:47 pm
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He published another one today, showing the walk from DMK airport to the train station (he said 6-7 minutes), then the ride on the dark red SRT line from Don Muang to Bang Su and then another 5 minute walk to the MRT Blue Line.


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Old Aug 4, 2021, 2:24 pm
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If you watch the second video at about 5:42 there is a set of stairs with what appears to be no ramp alternative. If that is correct what were they thinking? No one is going to have any luggage?
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Old Aug 4, 2021, 3:50 pm
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Originally Posted by nydave11
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If that is correct what were they thinking? No one is going to have any luggage?
While this may be another TiT, I will make an educated guess and say they were thinking pax with luggage will take an elevator (which I am sure they have somewhere, TiT notwithstanding).
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Old Aug 16, 2021, 12:39 am
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Originally Posted by Yappofloyd
Construction progress as at 31 December:

1) MRT Orange Line: 73.37%
2) MRT Pink Line: 70.32%
3) MRT Yellow Line: 73.26%

Other Updates:
1) BTS Silom line S4 update: this is nearly done and due to open by the end of March. The BMA has decided to change the name from Suksa Wittaya to Saint Louis as this is a more familiar local name given the hospital, school and church near the station.

2) MRT Purple line southern extension: This tender was due out by March 2020 but it was delayed for obvious reasons. Expected to be released by the end of Feb/early March

3) MRT Brown line: final design (integrated with the N2 expressway project) should be completed by mid year and it is anticipated that this tender will be done by the end of 2021)

4) MRT Orange line western extension tender: Bids were received by the end of Sept as scheduled but then the BTSC lodged objections to the process in the Admin Court. This will hopefully be resolved in the next 2-3 months as construction was expected to begin by Jan 2021.
I haven't posted any updates for a while....

Construction progress as at 31 July:

1) MRT Orange Line: 84.44%
2) MRT Pink Line: 80.53%
3) MRT Yellow Line: 85.53%

Still expecting the MRT Brown line and MRT Purple line southern exts (delayed from March and August 2020 before that) to be tendered before the end of the year.

The MRT Orange line western ext process has been cancelled and will be tendered a later date TBC. Not the best time to be doing PPP tenders.
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Old Aug 16, 2021, 12:48 am
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Originally Posted by Yappofloyd
The Department of Railways has announced that finally the PPP tenders for the next batch of extensions to the soon to be opened SRT Dark Red and SRT Light Red lines will be out in April. The SRT planned these 2 lines back in 2005.......The Dark Red line will be 87kms when it is finally completed (sometime in 2050 at the current construction rate)

History
It is important to note that that 2 of these extensions (Dark Red to Tham Uni & south ext to Hua lumphong) were approved in 2016. Tenders were scheduled for Sept 2018 but then delayed until later in 2019. Afterwards, in July 2019 the Cabinet referred all extensions for a review with a view to do PPP tenders in early 2020 - much to the annoyance of the SRT.

Light Red eastern ext to Hua Mark
The extension of the SRT Light Red line from Bang Sue to Hua Mark along the current ARL route was always stupid as it duplicates the Cityline service and means building a whole new viaduct and adjacent stations to the ARL stations. However, the subsequent policy change to have the ARL become a part of the Eastern HSR line now means that it might now more practicable but it stills means duplication of services.

Light Red Sriraj/Thonburi Spur line
The short spur line between Taling Chan and Thonburi/Sriraj station (Kanchanaburi services depart from here) is also stupid. The original plan 10-15 years ago was for the MRT Orange line to run along this route and terminate at Taling Chan. However, the SRT objected as they didn't want to 'lose' control of the right of way so this section was swapped from Orange to Light Red. It is still unclear how the SRT plans to operate the Spur line but most likely it will be Taling Chan to Sriraj only. (long term the SRT Light Red line may be extended all the way to Nakhon Pathom and it might be every 3rd service terminates at Sriraj rather than running through to Bang Sue and onwards to Hua Mark)

The priority should be to build following first;
1) 10km ext Rangsit to Thammasat Uni - approved in 2016 and some of which is built north of Rangsit,
2) 11km Bang Sue to Hua Lumphong - approved in 2016 (requires a belowground section past the palace)
3) 15km Taling Chan to Salaya - was also to be tendered in 2018

Unfortunately, the next batch of SRT d lines exts have all been delayed until late 2021 or early 2022 due to the less than optimal current environment for doing PPP tenders. These projects should proceed as govt funded projects to avoid further delay.

Realistically, that means mid 2022 with results that it won't be until post 2025 before we see any of these exts operating

Considering that 2 of the exts were approved in 2016 that's consistent with the prolonged delay of opening the 2 SRT red lines.....
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Old Aug 30, 2021, 11:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Yappofloyd

C) Planned Tenders in 2020 or early 2021;

1) Late 2020 MRT Purple line - might be out as soon as next month
2) Currently under tender: MRT Orange line western extension - tenders due by 26 Sept but BTSC is planning to launch a legal challenge which may delay the process
3) MRT Blue line western extension - delayed
4) Late 2020 MRT Brown line (being built integrated with the N2 Expressway) - design will be completed by October and MRTA is still stating that this will be tendered by the end of the year but that seems hopeful?
5) First half of 2021 SRT Dark Red line northern ext to Thammasat Uni - has been delayed as now a PPP tender
I've already provided an update regarding the SRT Red line extensions. Other tender updates:

1) MRT Orange line west ext (13.4km) - previous tender date of Sept 2020 was cancelled by the MRTA due to Administrative Court challenge by the BTSC consortium after they change the MRTA change the TOR. Still some outstanding matters to resolve in litigation. New tender date of October 2021. Hopefully, contracts then signed in Dec and works to commence early 2022.

2) MRT Purple line south ext (23.6km) - previous tender date of March 2020 delayed to April 2021 due to Covid has been subsequently further delayed to avoid the same problems that occurred with the MRT Orange line. A new bid date of 8 October 2021 with contracts planned to be signed in Jan 2022.

3) MRT Brown line (22.3km) - the design of the line and the N2 Expressway has been completed. The N2 Expressway EXAT tender is planned for Nov/Dec 2021 which means this section of the MRT Brown line will be built first. This is due to the fact that the line is integrated as part of the Expressway structure. For the rest of the line, there are some Cabinet approvals for land expropriation that need to be granted an then the tender will most likely be done in the first half of 2022 - can't estimate a more exact timeframe yet.



4) BMA Bang Na junction to BKK Airport line (Olive green in map below) - this tentatively planned line has commenced a 2 yr feasibility study funded by the BMA. It is not part of the current M-MAP2 plans and will most likely be built in the next batch of lines post 2029. Especially, once the much delayed T3 construction begins. There is already provision before Bang Na junction for a BTS spur line. However, this will likely end up being a light rail line (possibly monorail). A BTS spur line as a shuttle to/from Udom Suk would be the most durable long term outcome.

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Old Aug 31, 2021, 12:50 am
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Very insightful, thank you for the update Yappofloyd. I must say, the target-state is starting to look like a pretty decent network
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Old Sep 6, 2021, 8:42 pm
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Very insightful, thank you for the update Yappofloyd. I must say, the target-state is starting to look like a pretty decent network
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Looking at the map, it's starting to look like a real big city network
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Old Sep 22, 2021, 11:04 am
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Proposed Bang Na junction to Swampy Airport line (southern terminal - T3):

For many years there has been a plan to build a Bang Na junction to the T3 southern terminal at BKK Airport for when T3 opens. (The terminal has of course been delayed by many years) Indeed, when the BTS Sukhumvit line was extended from On Nut to Bearing back in 2011 provision for a BTS spur line along Bang Na-Trat rd was built south of Udom Suk station. This line is not part of the current M-MAP2 Master Plan for lines to be built by 2029. In more recent years, Samut Prakhan province and the BMA both said that they want this line built as a stand alone LRT line (light rail tram or monorail).

Last month, the BMA stated that they have funded an evaluation study expected to be completed in 2 years. The current idea is to build the 19.7km line in 2 phases;

Phase 1: Bang Na to Thana City - 14.6km/12 stations
Phase 2: Thana City to Southern Terminal (T3) - 5.3km/3 stations

There's an informative webpage for those that are interested which has a video overview




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Old Oct 15, 2021, 12:12 am
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Originally Posted by Yappofloyd
I haven't posted any updates for a while....

Construction progress as at 31 July:

1) MRT Orange Line: 84.44%
2) MRT Pink Line: 80.53%
3) MRT Yellow Line: 85.53%.
Construction progress as at 31 September:
1) MRT Orange Line: 86.26%
2) MRT Pink Line: 82.58%
3) MRT Yellow Line: 87.07%

Construction has also started on the MRT Pink spur line to Muang Thing Thani Lake.
BSR also announced a new opening timeframe ofr the MRT Pink line and MRT Yellow lines will which not open until mid 2022.


MRT Pink Line opening dates;
Stage 1 June 2022: Minburi - PK 30 to Govt Complex - PK12
Stage 2 August 2022: Govt Complex - PK12 to Royal Irrigation - PK05
Stage 3 2023: Royal Irrigation PK05 to Nonthaburi Civic Center - PK01

MRT Yellow line opening dates:
Stage 1 June 2022: Samrong - Y23 to Si Iam (Depot) Y17
Stage 2 August 2022: Si Iam (Depot) Y17 to Latphrao - Y01
Note: depending on progress the full line may open at once.
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Old Dec 2, 2021, 9:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Yappofloyd
The Department of Railways has announced that finally the PPP tenders for the next batch of extensions to the soon to be opened SRT Dark Red and SRT Light Red lines will be out in April. The SRT planned these 2 lines back in 2005.......The Dark Red line will be 87kms when it is finally completed (sometime in 2050 at the current construction rate)

History
It is important to note that that 2 of these extensions (Dark Red to Tham Uni & south ext to Hua lumphong) were approved in 2016. Tenders were scheduled for Sept 2018 but then delayed until later in 2019. Afterwards, in July 2019 the Cabinet referred all extensions for a review with a view to do PPP tenders in early 2020 - much to the annoyance of the SRT.

Light Red eastern ext to Hua Mark
The extension of the SRT Light Red line from Bang Sue to Hua Mark along the current ARL route was always stupid as it duplicates the Cityline service and means building a whole new viaduct and adjacent stations to the ARL stations. However, the subsequent policy change to have the ARL become a part of the Eastern HSR line now means that it might now more practicable but it stills means duplication of services.

Light Red Sriraj/Thonburi Spur line
The short spur line between Taling Chan and Thonburi/Sriraj station (Kanchanaburi services depart from here) is also stupid. The original plan 10-15 years ago was for the MRT Orange line to run along this route and terminate at Taling Chan. However, the SRT objected as they didn't want to 'lose' control of the right of way so this section was swapped from Orange to Light Red. It is still unclear how the SRT plans to operate the Spur line but most likely it will be Taling Chan to Sriraj only. (long term the SRT Light Red line may be extended all the way to Nakhon Pathom and it might be every 3rd service terminates at Sriraj rather than running through to Bang Sue and onwards to Hua Mark)

The priority should be to build following first;
1) 10km ext Rangsit to Thammasat Uni - approved in 2016 and some of which is built north of Rangsit,
2) 11km Bang Sue to Hua Lumphong - approved in 2016 (requires a belowground section past the palace)
3) 15km Taling Chan to Salaya - was also to be tendered in 2018

SRT Dark and Light Red lines began full commercial services and started charging fares on Monday 29 November.
Fares range from 12-46 baht and frequency is every 15-20 mins off peak. Dark Red will be every 12 mins in peak perods.

The tenders for the above extensions have been further delayed until May 2022 now as the govt rejigs the PPP framework in order to maximise potential attractiveness for potential bids. ie some commerical land use possibilities.
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Old Dec 2, 2021, 9:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Kalboz
Hua Lamphong Train Station is a beautiful historical building that's been around for over 100 years. I hope they'll maintain it and not tear it down for another ugly glass and steel structure!

There has been a lot of press in the last few weeks regarding the future of Hua Lamphong station. However, the intention has always been to maintain the station building and as a museum. The railyards north of the station will be redeveloped for commerical use with hotels, offices & retail etc - the SRT really needs the rental income. There have been many renders of the style of redevelopment options in the last 10 years. These are the latest which do basically show what is intended....



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Old Dec 2, 2021, 10:09 pm
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limited testing begins on MRT Yellow and MRT Pink lines:

Daily testing began on both lines on Monday. for the MRT Yellow line it is only a 6km section between the depot at Si Lam (YL 17) and Srinagarindra 38 (YL 14) which is just north of Seacon Sq so one could view it from there. ITesting is only being done at 25km/h for the next 3 months after which it will be undertaken at higher speeds along an extended section of the line.

For the Pink line it is a more limited 3km section from the depot as this line is behind schedule. Previously, they were testing on just a small 500m section from the depot to just past Minburi

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