Bangkokians told to brace for more sufferings from traffic nightmares


Bangkok’s motorists and public transport commuters were warned to brace themselves for traffic nightmares at the end of this year when construction of three electric train projects are scheduled to take off.

The warning was issued by Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit at a panel discussion on “Investment Opportunities in the Decade of Infrastructure Projects” on Wednesday.

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The minister said that biddings for the three projects – Pink Line from Kae Rai to Min Buri, Yellow Line from Lat Phrao to Samrong and Orange Line from the National Cultural Centre to Min Buri – will start this month and construction is expected to commence at the end of the year.

He said that the construction work would definitely affect traffic flow and exacerbate traffic congestion because some of the roads where construction takes place will have to be closed.

The roads to be affected include Lat Phrao, Srinagarind, Samrong, Chaeng Wattana, Ram-inthra, Rama IX and Ramkhamhaeng.