Transport Min bracing for exodus of New Year holidaymakers


BANGKOK, 24 November 2014 – The Ministry of Transport is drawing up measures to ensure safe and convenient travels for all vacationers during the upcoming New Year holiday.

Deputy Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has convened with heads of various agencies under the Transport Ministry’s supervision in a bid to prepare a road safety campaign for people returning to their hometowns and those going on vacation during the New Year holiday. As the holiday period will fall between December 31 and January 4, the campaign will kick off on December 26 and continue until January 5.

As part of the campaign, responsible authorities will impose road safety measures, traffic facilitation plans as well as waivers of expressway fees, all of which will be proposed to the Cabinet for consideration in early December. According to Mr Arkhom, the Transport Ministry is planning to open three additional bus pickup spots so as to reduce the congestion at the Mo Chit Bus Terminal and alleviate traffic jam. The three spots will be located at the Department of Land Transport, the Dhupateme Royal Thai Air Force Sports Stadium and Future Park Rangsit Shopping Mall.

Mr Arkhom projected that holidaymakers will begin to embark on their journey on December 26 and the number of commuters will peak during December 28-29. The Transport Company and the State Railway of Thailand have each confirmed they will be able serve up to 100,000 passengers a day during the festive period, with extra services to be added if necessary.