People start to leave Bangkok for home provinces


BANGKOK, 11 April 2014  – People have started departing Bangkok to spend the Songkran holidays in their home provinces, resulting in heavy traffic major roads leading away from the capital city. 

Mochit bus terminal and Hua Lamphong train station were more crowded than usual yesterday because of the influx of holiday-goers. Road traffic was jammed on the Mittraphap Road sections in Pakchong, Nakhon Ratchasima and Muak Lek, Saraburi.

Around 4,500 police officers have been tasked with helping with traffic and facilitating commute through Nakhon Ratchasima during the Songkran travel period. Four speeding checkpoints have also been set up along Mittraphap Road to deter drivers going over the speed limit.

In the meantime, the Department of Highways has deployed mobile CCTV cameras to facilitate real-time traffic reports, in addition to setting up 200 roadside service stations for commuters.