Safety measure at all train stations to be beefed up

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit has ordered a beef-up of safety measure at all stations of Airport Rail Link, subway and train stations following a fatal accident when a woman was killed when she fell into the rail track of Airport Rail Link on Monday morning.

He said that, from now on, there must be security guards at the platform of every train station to make sure that commuters are not allowed to venture too close to the platform kerb which barricade is not available at all stations.

For Airport Rail Link, only the Suvarnabhumi and Makkasan stations are equipped with platform barricades, said Mr Arkhom, adding that barricades will be erected at seven more stations.

Regarding the recent fall of a steel scaffolding at the construction site of the Blue Line, the transport minister said that the project constructer had been told to exercise more caution to prevent similar incident from recurring.

He noted that the construction contract did not include a clause regarding punishment in case of accident because it was feared that if such a clause was included, it might discourage construction firms from accepting the projects for implementation.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)