End of an era – final trains to Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong in December

It’s the end of an era as the State Railway of Thailand appears to ceasing prepare companies to and from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong railway station. The costly patch of land, where the well-known station is located, is slated for a sleek new industrial growth. The decommissioning of the famous previous station will happen at the end of the 12 months.
Hua Lamphong, has been the beginning or finish of hundreds of thousands of journeys for over a century and is a Bangkok landmark. Originally inbuilt 1916, Hua Lamphong was designed by Italian duo Mario Tamagno and Annibale Rigotti. Style-wise, the iconic station is described as Italian Neo-Renaissance type – principally seen in the balustrudes, arcades, decorative options and accents.
Now, the land’s new development is expected to attract 800 billion baht for the State Railway over the subsequent 30 years. The SRT is at present 600 billion baht within the purple.
But the Hua Lamphong railway station isn’t the one land the SRT want to redevelop with land where the Thon Buri station, Mae Nam station and the Royal City Avenue additionally being slated for redevelopment.
Controversial are being handled by SRT Asset Company, a privately operated subsidiary of the State Railway Authority.
But not everyone is pleased. The a lot bigger and brand new Bang Sue station, which is ready to turn into Bangkok’s new railway and transport hub, isn’t as well situated to a variety of the inside city’s most popular areas. For a hundred and five years residential areas have sprung up around Hua Lamphong but the newer station is further out of town although the newer BTS and MRT networks hyperlink to the massive Bang Sue terminal.
For residents and households that settled near Hua Lamphong, because of the comfort and links to other inner metropolis transport, the transfer will add to costs and time as they transit across Bangkok.
Local residents have been vocal opponents to the move away from the outdated station, claiming they’ve had little say in the transition to the model new Bangkok railway hub.
For now, despite the Transport Minister’s insistence that every little thing is being carried out to make the transition as clean as attainable, a direct hyperlink to the new hub doesn’t exist. The Ministers says Bangkok Mass Transit Authority is being asked to add new companies between the stations. At this time those plans don’t exist with the outdated station’s final trains lower than 2 months away.
Bang Sue station has had its public debut, not as Bangkok’s new transport hub however as a mass vaccination centre for the capital’s Covid vaccine roll out.

PHOTO: The new, sprawling Bang Sue Railway hub for Bangkok

PHOTO: Hua Lamphong has been the beginning or finish of millions of journeys for over 100 years

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