Bang Sue Grand Station’s Opening Pushed Back to July

Bangkok’s next-generation central train station won’t open in January as planned, with Thailand’s state railway pushing back launch of the Bang Sue Grand Station until July.

The State Railway of Thailand repeatedly had said the 15-billion-baht project covering 2,325 rai and 26 platforms was on-time and could even open partially for a November event.

SRT officials refused to admit its contractors were working on “Thai time”, instead putting the blame on the Red Line transit line, which was to have launched at the same time, connecting central Bangkok with Rangsit in the northern outskirts of the capital.

Unspecified delays on that line forced the delay of the opening of Bang Sue Grand.

Construction of the Bang Sue terminal and railyard was has been completed by a joint venture of Sino-Thai Engineering Construction and Unique Construction and Engineering. Italian-Thai Development Co. is building the Red Line’s eight stations and the foundations for a 20-kilometer stretch of track.

Three Japanese companies also are on the job, installing track, control systems and building rollng stock. Their work was 87 percent complete at the end of August.

Bang Sue will replace century-old Hua Lamphong Station, Bangkok’s main terminal.