‘Link road’ could be solution to tour bus traffic

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The current situation leading to Bali Hai from 3rd Road is a mess.  Once again addressing the perennial problem of tour buses illegally parking on Beach and Second roads, officials think that perhaps a dedicated bypass road leading from Sukhumvit to Bali Hai Pier might be the solution to tour buses clogging up Pattaya’s streets. (Photo by Urasin Khantaraphan)

A dedicated bypass road leading from Sukhumvit Road to Bali Hai Pier might be the solution to tour buses clogging up Pattaya’s streets.

Again addressing the perennial problem of tour buses illegally parking on Beach and Second roads, Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh said June 6 that the Ministry of Transport has assigned the Department of Rural Roads to study the idea of a “link road” from Sukhumvit to the South Pattaya pier, where new parking facilities are planned.

The current situation leading to Bali Hai from 3rd Road is a mess.  Once again addressing the perennial problem of tour buses illegally parking on Beach and Second roads, officials think that perhaps a dedicated bypass road leading from Sukhumvit to Bali Hai Pier might be the solution to tour buses clogging up Pattaya’s streets. (Photo by Urasin Khantaraphan)The current situation leading to Bali Hai from 3rd Road is a mess.  Once again addressing the perennial problem of tour buses illegally parking on Beach and Second roads, officials think that perhaps a dedicated bypass road leading from Sukhumvit to Bali Hai Pier might be the solution to tour buses clogging up Pattaya’s streets. (Photo by Urasin Khantaraphan)

Ministry staffers are currently surveying the area to draft a proposal, he said.

At the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association’s May meeting, PBTA President Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn said Pattaya officials have developed a two-step plan to address the bus-parking problem.

A private enterprise rents parking spaces for buses near city hall, but is not big enough to hold all buses coming and going through Pattaya.A private enterprise rents parking spaces for buses near city hall, but is not big enough to hold all buses coming and going through Pattaya.

First, PBTA will talk with and ask for cooperation from tour operators to not have their coaches park and even double-park on Beach and Second roads.

The second, long-term solution would be a parking lot related to the opening of a new marina at Bali Hai Pier later this year. The Transport Ministry is considering a high-speed ferry linking Pattaya and Hua Hin. It would require a new port terminal and parking lot at Bali Hai.