The State Railway of Thailand plans to phase out 18 trains out of a total of 181 and to readjust train operating timetables as part of the organizational restructure to improve operational efficiency and services.
Informed SRT sources said that the 18 trains to be phased out include four south-bound trains, four north-bound trains, two northeastern-bound trains and 10 suburban trains.
The sources explained that the trains to be phased out are trains which have low load factor such as suburban trains which have passengers below 50 percent of their capacities.
The timetable adjustments will involve trains which operate on daily basis and they will be put into services on Fridays and weekends, said the sources, adding that the restructuring will enable the SRT to replace old carriages which need repairs with those which are in good conditions.
As a whole, the organizational restructure will improve the operating speed of all trains by an average of half an hour and the load factor up to 80 percent from the current rate of between 60-70 percent.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)