Thai capital’s BTS Skytrain resumes service


BANGKOK, Dec 24 – The Thai capital’s BTS Skytrain elevated railway resumed service before noon after a 5-hour suspension due to technical glitch in the control system halted operations across the system for the first time in 14 years.

Service resumed around 11am at Mo Chit Terminal Station, allowing the public to commute as usual.

The problem reportedly occurred at 3am, when trains could not operate normally.

A large number of commuters were forced to change their mode of transportation after the system suspended service on both Silom and Sukhumvit routes for the first time since it began operations.

Surapong Laoha-anya, Chief Operating Officer of Bangkok Mass Transit System Pcl which operates the BTS system, said an error or defect in software caused the computer programme for the Silom and Sukhumvit routes to malfunction.

Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt inspected the Mo Chit Terminal Station this morning and admitted that the incident has inconvenienced many commuters and added to traffic congestion in the Thai capital this morning.

He assigned the Transport Co, Ltd to provide 2,000 buses in 39 routes to help carry stranded passengers to their intended destinations.