The construction of a new 13-kilometre long elevated rail route or officially called "Green Line linking Soi Bearing (Sukhumvit Soi 107) on Sukhumvit road with Samrong in Samut Prakarn province is now completed, but service will not be launched until end of next year.

The extended route will have nine stations but service is expected to be in December 2018.

The completion of the extended Green Line was revealed after the deputy governor of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) Surachet Laopoonsuk made an inspection of the extension yesterday.

He said all constructions and rail system have been completed.

The construction of the extended route from Soi Bearing to Samut Prakarn of the Green Line began in 2012, and right now everything is completed, he said.

This included the parking buildings for park and ride passengers, the railing system, he said.

Taking delivery of the extended route is expected to be signed on February 6, 2017, he said.

However, the test run between Bearing and Samrong station would not be ready for the scheduled time frame of March 1, 2017, as the transfer of assets and liabilities between the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the MRTA remained unsettled.

He said this needs cabinet approval to resolve the legal issue.

The official launching of the rail service on the extended elevated 13 kilometres is expected to be in December 2018.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

By tladmin