Pink Line expected to open 'this year'

The Pink Line monorail in Bangkok will be up and running this year, with the project's construction about 95% done as of December last year, the government said on Monday.

Pink Line expected to open 'this year'
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Pink Line expected to open 'this year'

published : 24 Jan 2023 at 09:31

writer: Gary Boyle

ORIGINAL SOURCE/WRITER: Mongkol Bangprapa

Media and officials observe a Pink Line electric train at its depot in Min Buri in April last year. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

The Pink Line monorail in Bangkok will be up and running this year, with the project's construction about 95% done as of December last year, the government said on Monday.

Work on the 53.5-billion-baht project has been underway since 2016.

The government hopes the Pink Line, which will link Khae Rai in Nonthaburi with Min Buri in east Bangkok, will help ease the chronic traffic congestion across northern Bangkok.

The 34.5-kilometre-long monorail line -- which will have 30 stops along the way -- starts at Nonthaburi Civic Centre Station, linking it with the MRT Purple Line, and ends at Min Buri Station, which connects to the Orange Line, which is currently under construction.

At Min Buri station, passengers can transfer to the Impact Link line, which has three stations, namely Sri Rat, Impact Challenger and Muang Thong Thani Lake stations.

Ultimately, the line will be connected to the SRT's Red Line services, the BTS Green Line, and the MRT Grey and Brown lines.

Construction of the Impact Link is about 10% completed and is expected to open sometime in 2025.

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Vocabulary

  • chronic (adj): (of a disease, pain or problem) serious and lasting for a long time - เป็นประจำ
  • congestion: a situation in which a place is crowded with people or vehicles - แน่นขนัดไปด้วยรถหรือคน
  • monorail (noun): a railway/railroad system in which trains travel along a track consisting of a single rail, usually one placed high above the ground - รางรถไฟรางเดียว
  • ultimately: finally, after a series of things have happened - ท้ายที่สุด, ตอนสุดท้าย, ในที่สุด
  • under construction: being built - กำลังสร้าง
  • underway: happening - กำลังเกิดขึ้น
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