MRT Blue Line’s Hua Lamphong-Bang Khae section to open in Sept next year

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BANGKOK, Aug 10 (TNA) -- Deputy Transport Minister Pailin Chuchottaworn said the Hua Lamphong-Bang Khae extended section of the MRT Blue Line would be opened in September next year and the other extended route from Tao Poon to Tha Phra would start service in March 2020.

The deputy transport minister inspected the construction progress at the Tha Phra junction station. He was briefed that the civil works of both extended routes was 99.26% completed.

The Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) hired Bangkok Expressway and Metro Plc to invest in the additional electric train system, and to operate and maintain it. Their contract for the task was signed on March 31 last year. The task has been 53.58% completed.

The Blue Line’s extended service between Bang Sue and Tao Poon stations already started.

The extended routes of the Blue Line are about 27 kilometers long altogether, consisting of 21.5 kilometers of elevated tracks and 5.4 kilometers of underground tracks. There are 15 elevated stations and 4 underground stations on the extended sections.

MRTA governor Pakapong Sirikantaramas said if the two additional routes open, it will complete the loop service of the Blue Line in Bangkok and facilitate commuters traveling between Bangkok and Thon Buri area.

He assured that the signaling system of the Blue Line was stable and free of problems related to signal interference. (TNA)