Bang Sue Grand Station

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Bang Sue Grand Station

สถานีกลางบางซื่อ
BangsueGrand Station by WiteePhotography. For wikipedia.jpg
Station in March 2021
General information
LocationChatuchak, Bangkok
Coordinates13°48′18″N 100°32′30″E / 13.80500°N 100.54167°E / 13.80500; 100.54167
Owned byState Railway of Thailand (SRT)
Operated byState Railway of Thailand (SRT) (ground)
Mass Rapid Transit Authority (underground)
Line(s)
Platforms26
Other information
Station codeRN01, RS01 (Dark Red Line)
RW01, RE01 (Light Red Line)
A9, HE02 (AERA1)
BL11 (Blue Line)
History
Opened2 August 2021[1]
Services
Preceding station SRT Red Lines Following station
Terminus Light Red Line Bang Son
towards Taling Chan
Dark Red Line
City Train
Chatuchak
towards Rangsit
Future services
Preceding station Emblem of the State Railway of Thailand.svg State Railway of Thailand Following station
Terminus Northern Line Nikhom Rotfai KM.11 Halt
towards Chiang Mai
Northeastern Line Nikhom Rotfai KM.11 Halt
Eastern Line Sam Sen
Southern Line Bang Son
Preceding station ARLbangkok.svg Airport Rail Link Following station
Don Mueang
Terminus
High-Speed Rail Linking Three Airports Makkasan
towards U-Tapao
Out-of-system intercharge
Preceding station MRT (Bangkok) logo.svg Metropolitan Rapid Transit Following station
Kamphaeng Phet
towards Lak Song
Blue Line
transfer at Bang Sue
Tao Poon
towards Tha Phra
Location
Bang Sue Grand Station is located in Thailand
Bang Sue Grand Station
Bang Sue Grand Station
Location within Thailand

Bang Sue Grand Station (Thai: สถานีกลางบางซื่อ, RTGSSathani Klang Bang Sue, pronounced [sā.tʰǎː.nīː klāːŋ bāːŋ sɯ̂ː]; lit.'Bang Sue Central station') in Chatuchak, Bangkok, is Thailand's new railway hub. It will replace the existing Bangkok railway station (Hua Lamphong) as the terminus for all long-distance rail services from Bangkok.[2] The station is currently open as part of the public trial operation of the SRT Red Lines,[1] and is also serving as a COVID-19 vaccination center,[3] ahead of the expected start of revenue service in November 2021.[1][4] It will replace the existing Bang Sue Junction station and link to the Bang Sue MRT station via an underground walkway.

Bang Sue is the largest railway station in Southeast Asia, with 26 platforms—some 600 metres long.[5] The station will offer 274,192 m2 of usable floor space. The 15 billion baht station was being built on 2,325 rai (372 hectares) of SRT-owned land and will have maintenance depots for both diesel and electric trains. An elevated walkway connects the station to the new Mo Chit Bus Terminal.[4]

History[edit]

Bang Sue Junction Railway Station[edit]

Bang Sue opened in 1898 as part of Thailand's first railway between Bangkok and Ayutthaya.[6] On 1 January 1927, it became a junction for the Northern/Northeastern Line and the Southern Line after the construction of the rail link between Bang Sue and Taling Chan, over Rama VI Bridge. In 1989 was separated into two railway stations. The original building named "Bang Sue 1" was used for Northern and Northeastern Line services while the new building "Bang Sue 2" was used for Southern Line services. Bang Sue 1 was closed on 15 August 2016 in preparation for the construction of the new railway station.[7] Currently all long-distance services operate from the new "Bang Sue 2" station. This structure will likely be closed once trial runs, which as of September 2021 are ongoing, are completed.

Bang Sue Grand Station[edit]

In 2010 under the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Ministry of Transport decided to move the Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong station) to the area of Bang Sue Junction Railway Station to be the center of the rail transport system.[8] In 2013, work on the station started with a contract signing by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), Sino-Thai Engineering Construction PCL, and Unique Construction and Engineering PCL for the Red Line suburban railway system project consisting of civil work for Bang Sue Grand Station and a maintenance center.[9] In December 2020 it was announced that civil construction of the station was complete.[10]

Ahead of the commencement of passenger services, the station opened as a COVID-19 vaccination center on 24 May 2021.[11]

Trial operations of the SRT Red Lines, open to the public, began from the station on 2 August 2021.[1] Intercity long-distance trains began operation from the new station on November 29, 2021.[12][13]

Layout[edit]

The station will have four floors, three above, and one below ground:[14][15][16]

  1. Underground floor: Bang Sue MRT Station, on the MRT Blue Line station, and parking for 1,624 vehicles.
  2. Ground floor: Station concourse with ticketing and waiting areas. This will be the only air-conditioned area in the station.
  3. Second floor: Train platforms with 12 tracks. Eight tracks will serve long-distance diesel trains (soon to be electrified).[17] Four tracks will serve SRT Red Dark and Light Red Line commuter trains.
  4. Third floor: High–speed railway platforms with 10 tracks. Four tracks will serve the AERA1 City and the Don Mueang–Suvarnabhumi–U-Tapao high-speed railway linking Don Mueang International Airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport and U-Tapao International Airport. Six tracks are reserved for future high-speed rail (HSR) connections to Nong Khai, Padang Besar, Thailand and Chiang Mai.

Also planned is a 186,030 m2 memorial site to King Rama V, known as the "father of Thai railroads", although this is expected to open after the station itself.[4]

Phahonyothin Freight Yard[edit]

Bang Sue Junction is also the location of Phahonyothin cargo yard. With an expanse of about 50 rail-tracks and sidings, it is the largest rail yard in the whole of Thailand. It is located about 1.5 kilometres from the station and is the main cargo yard for freight services around Thailand.[18]

Bus Connections[edit]

The following BMTA and Private Jointed routes serve this station:

  • 3 (Kamphaeng Phet Bus Depot - Mo Chit 2 - Khlong San)
  • 3 (Bang Sue Grand Station - BTS Mochit) (Loop)
  • 16 (Kamphaeng Phet Bus Depot - Mo Chit 2 - Surawong)
  • 49 (Bang Sue Grand Station - Bangkok Railway Station) (Loop)
  • 67 (Bang Sue Grand Station - CentralPlaza Rama III)
  • 96 (Min Buri Bus Depot - Mo Chit 2) (Only go to Mo Chit 2)
  • 104 (Pak Kret - Mo Chit 2) (Only go to Mo Chit 2)
  • 134 (Bua Thong Kheha Bus Depot - Mo Chit 2) (Only go to Mo Chit 2)
  • 136 (Khlong Toey Bus Depot - Mo Chit 2) (Only go to Mo Chit 2)
  • 138 (Phra Pradaeng Pier - Mo Chit 2) (Only go to Mo Chit 2)
  • 138 (Ratchapracha Bus Depot - Mo Chit 2) (Only go to Mo Chit 2)
  • 145 (Pak Nam (Praeksa Bordin Bus Depot) - Mo Chit 2) (Only go to Mo Chit 2)
  • 145 (Mega Bangna Bus Depot - Mo Chit 2) (Only go to Mo Chit 2)
  • 509 (Borommaratchachonnani Bus Depot - Mo Chit 2) (Only go to Mo Chit 2)
  • 517 (Kamphaeng Phet Bus Depot - Mo Chit 2 - KMITL)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Free rides on Red Line during trial". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  2. ^ Fredrickson, Terry. "Hua Lamphong to become museum as station moves to Bang Sue". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  3. ^ "Weekend city jab shutdown". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "One of the World's Most Congested Cities Has Big Public Transport Plans".
  5. ^ Clark, James (3 November 2016). "These rail projects will transform travel in Southeast Asia". Asia Times. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  6. ^ "State Railway of Thailand (SRT) - History". Ministry of Transport. Archived from the original on 2020-09-21.
  7. ^ "ลาชานชาลา". The Cloud. Archived from the original on 2019-12-14.
  8. ^ "ก.คมนาคมเล็งย้ายหัวลำโพงไปที่บางซื่อ" [A. Transportation aiming to move Hua Lamphong to Bang Sue]. Thai PBS News (in Thai). 24 February 2010. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  9. ^ "รฟท.เซ็นสร้างสถานีบางซื่อคาดเสร็จใน 2 ปีครึ่ง" [SRT signs construction of Bang Sue Station, expected to be completed in 2 and a half years]. thairath.co.th (in Thai). 18 January 2013. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  10. ^ "Construction of key transport hub Bang Sue Central Station completed". The Nation. 15 December 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  11. ^ "Bang Sue Grand Station opens as vaccination center". National News Bureau of Thailand. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  12. ^ "ทยอยนำขบวนรถไฟเข้าสถานีกลางบางซื่อ ทดสอบวัดค่าเสียง-ควัน". Archived from the original on 2021-03-07.
  13. ^ "Full services begin along SRT Red Line". Bangkok Post. Thailand. 30 November 2021. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  14. ^ Jotikasthira, Om (27 May 2018). "Bang Sue megastation project reaches halfway mark". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Bang Sue mega-station to operate by January 2021". Bangkok Post. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  16. ^ "BANGSUE GRAND STATION ASEAN TRANSPORTATION HUB". realist.co.th (in Thai). Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  17. ^ "Forecast looks bleak". Bangkok Post. Bangkok. 9 September 2021. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  18. ^ "High speed train Bangkok - Korat 500 baht/One hour 17 minutes - "no way will it fail"".