Skytrain approaching Nana Station
|Type||Medium-capacity rail transport system|
|Termini||Mo Chit Station
|Daily ridership||600,000 (2012)|
|Opening||December 5, 1999|
|Owner||Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)|
|Operator(s)||Bangkok Mass Transit System
Public Company Limited
|Rolling stock||Siemens Modular Metro|
|Line length||22.25 km (13.83 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Operating speed||80 km/h (49.71 mph)|
The Sukhumvit Line (Thai: รถไฟฟ้าบีทีเอส สายสุขุมวิท) is a route of the BTS Skytrain in Bangkok, Thailand. From the central Siam Station, where it connects with the Silom Line, the elevated rail line runs northwards along Phaya Thai and Phahon Yothin Roads to the Mo Chit Station (N8) in Chatuchak District, and eastwards along Rama I, Phloen Chit and Sukhumvit Roads to Bearing Station (E14) in Bang Na District.
Originally consisting of seventeen stations (from Mo Chit to On Nut) when the BTS first opened in December 1999. A planned station at N6 has never been built.
The line is represented on the official BTS map in light green.
|N8||Mo Chit||หมอชิต||Blue Line||Bangkok||Chatuchak|
|N7||Saphan Khwai||สะพานควาย||Phaya Thai|
|N3||Victory Monument||อนุสาวรีย์ชัยสมรภูมิ||Light Red Line (2019)||Ratchathewi|
|N2||Phaya Thai||พญาไท||Airport Rail Link SRT Light Red Line (2019)|
|CEN||Siam||สยาม||Silom Line Chula-Siam Monorail (2029)||Pathum Wan|
|E2||Phloen Chit||เพลินจิต||Light Blue Line (2029)|
|E5||Phrom Phong||พร้อมพงษ์||Khlong Toei|
|E6||Thong Lo||ทองหล่อ||Ramkhamhaeng-Thonglo Monorail (2029)|
|E10||Bang Chak||บางจาก||Phra Khanong|
|E12||Udom Suk||อุดมสุข||Bangna-Suvarnabhumi LRT (2019)||Bang Na|
Extensions and current construction
1st extension - Construction started in August 2006 of a 4 billion baht, 5.25 km extension from On Nut (E9) to Bearing. The extension was funded by the BMA. The original scheduled opening date was mid 2009. However, an unusual delay in tendering of the contract for the Electrical & Signals resulted in a 2 year delay to the project; "The senior City Hall official responsible for making the purchase has apparently stalled the scheme over fears of being investigated if something went wrong with the purchase, he said. The official in question is due to retire and does not want to take risks despite being told the scheme is strictly in line with regulations, said Mr Teerachon".
The BTSC was contracted by the BMA to run the extension. Subsequently, the extension did not open until over 2 years later on 12 August 2011. The delay in opening prompted the BMA to offer free travel for this extension until the end of 2011 as compensation. A flat fare is charged for this section. The fee for this extension is separate from the distance based fare of the rest of the BTS network.
2nd extension, currently under construction -
Construction started in April 2012 for a 12.6 km, 7 station extension from Bearing Station to Samut Prakhan Station 2 stations (E18 & E22) will be built at a later date. The extension is funded by the MRTA as it is outside BMA citylimits, Bangkok Province. Construction is contracted to take 1350 days and the extension is planned to open in 2017. In April 2013, the MRTA awarded Ch Karnchang the contract for track laying and electrical systems. As of June 2014, civil works were stated to be 28.30% complete.
|E15||Samrong||สำโรง||Yellow Line (2019)||Samut Prakan||Mueang Samut Prakan|
|E16||Pu Chao Saming Phrai||ปู่เจ้าสมิงพราย|
|E19||Samut Prakan City Hall||ศาลากลางจังหวัดสมุทรปราการ|
|E23||Kheha Samut Prakan||เคหะสมุทรปราการ|
- 1) Mo Chit station to Saphan Mai: 11.4 km, 11 stations (N9–N20). (Under tender)
- 2) Saphan Mai to Khu Khut: 7.5 km, 4 stations (N21-N24). (Under tender)
- 3) Khoo Khut to Lam Lukka: 9 km, 5 stations (N25-N29). (Planned)
A 11.4 km, 11 station northern extension from Mo Chit Station to Saphan Mai in Don Mueang District has been planned since the Sukhumvit line opened. Originally, this extension was scheduled to be completed by 2008. However, due to a combination of changes in government, a prolonged EIA study and problems with locating a suitable train depot the extension has been continually delayed.
A further 16.5 km, 9 station extension from Saphan Mai to Lam Lukka was also planned once the extension to Saphan Mai had been completed. This was subsequently split into two extensions. A 7.5 km, 4 stations extension to Khu Khut and a 9 km, 5 stations extension along Lam Lukka rd to Lam Lukka.
Due to the significant delay in the northern extension plans, in mid 2013 it was decided to tender extension (1) & (2) at the same time by the end of 2013. However, the dissolution of parliament in November 2013 delayed this yet again. A tender was finally released in January 2014  with an April dealine before being delayed until late May 2014 due to concerns from bidders.
A military coup in late May suspended the bidding process whilst the military administration reviewed all major projects. In late June, the military administration affirmed the tender which will proceed before the end of 2014. The exact dates of the tender are uncertain as of 1 July 2014.
The tender specifies a construction period of 1350 days.
|N24||Khu Khot||คูคต||Pathum Thani||Lam Luk Ka|
|N23||Km. 25||กม. 25||Bangkok|
|N22||Royal Air Force Museum||พิพิธภัณฑ์กองทัพอากาศ|
|N18||Wongwian Lak Si||วงเวียนหลักสี่|
|N17||Wat Phra Sri Maha That||วัดพระศรีมหาธาตุ||Pink Line (2019)|
|N16||11th Infantry Regiment||กรมทหารราบที่ 11|
|N14||Krom Pa Mai||กรมป่าไม้|
|N13||Kaset Sart||เกษตรศาสตร์||Brown Line (2019)|
|N10||Phaholyothin 24||พหลโยธิน 24|
|N9||Lat Phrao Intersection||ห้าแยกลาดพร้าว||Blue Line|
Future extension plans
- A further 7 km, 5 station extension from Kheha Samut Prakan Station to Bang Pu Station is planned. It may be tendered by 2015/16 for completion by 2019/20.
|E26||Si Chan Pradit||ศรีจันทร์ประดิษฐ์|
- A further 9 km, 5 station extension from Khu Khot Station to Lam Luk Ka Station is planned to be constructed by 2029.
|N28||Eastern Outer Ring||วงแหวนรอบนอกตะวันออก||Pathum Thani||Lam Luk Ka|
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- Groundbreaking starts on new BTS extension, Dailynews, 15 August 2006
- BTS extension budget cut, Bangkok Post, 15 December 2006
- Skytrain link tests delayed, Bangkok Post, 19 September 2009
- "Ch Karnchang gets Phase 2 of Bearing-Samut Prakan route" The Nation, 13 April 2013
- http://www.prachachat.net/news_detail.php?newsid=1401076541 "รฟม.ปรับทีโออาร์หมอชิต-คูคต กลางปี59 เปิดให้บริการสายสีม่วง"Prachachat News, 26 May 2014
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