MRT Orange Line

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MRT Orange Line
รถไฟฟ้ามหานคร สายสีส้ม
Future MRT Orange Line Platforms, TLCC Station.jpg
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System Bangkok Metro
Status Bidding and Tendering
Locale Bangkok, Thailand
Termini Bang Khun Non
Min Buri
Stations 30 (planned)
Operation
Opened c. 2020 (Eastern section)
Owner Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA)
Operator(s) MRTA
Technical
Line length 35.36 kilometers (21.97 mi)
Track length 22.57 kilometers (14.02 mi) (under construction) [1]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification Third rail
Operating speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Route map
Taling Chan  SRT 
Bang Khun Non  MRT 
Siriraj
Chao Phraya River
Sanam Luang
Democracy Monument  MRT 
Lan Luang
Yommarat  SRT 
Ban Tad Thong
Ratchathewi  BTS 
Pratunam
Ratchaprarop ARLbangkok.svg  ARL 
Victory Monument
Din Daeng
Pracha Songkhro  BMA 
Thailand Cultural Centre MRT 
MRTA Depot
Khlong Lat Phrao
Nawasi  BMA 
Ram Khamhaeng
Rajamangala Stadium
Hua Mak
Lam Sali
Si Burapha
Khlong Ban Ma
Sammakon
Nom Klao
Rat Pattana
Min Pattana
Keha Ramkhamhaeng
Min Buri  MRT 
Suwinthawong

The MRT Orange Line (Thai: รถไฟฟ้ามหานคร สายสีส้ม) is one of planned rapid transit lines of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area, Thailand.

This Line is divided into 2 sections, Bang Khun Non - Thailand Cultural Centre (17.5-km), Thailand Cultural Centre - Min Buri (21-km). Construction is expected to start in 2017 and the line is projected to open by 2023.[2]

When fully completed, the line will be about 37.5-km long, mostly underground, with 30 stations (7 elevated stations and other 23 underground stations, including the current Thailand Cultural Centre Station of MRT Blue Line).

The line is indicated by the colour Orange on the map.

History[edit]

The original plan of Orange Line aimed to serve travel demand between the northwestern area of Thonburi, at Bang Bamru Railway Station in Bang Phlat District, and the east of Bangkok in Bang Kapi District. It was planned to run along Ramkhamhaeng Road and Ratchawithi Road, passing many public places like Hua Mak Stadium, Dusit Zoo and Victory Monument, and provide access to universities including Ramkhamhaeng University, Suan Sunandha and Suan Dusit Rajabhat University and many government offices.

In 2009, the proposed MRT Brown line from Bang Kapi District, elevated along Ram Khamhaeng Road, to the eastern suburb in Saphan Sung District and Min Buri District, was merged with the Orange line in Bangkok's mass rapid transit master plan.[3] In July 2011, the section from Bang Khun Non to Taling Chan was finally scrapped in favour the SRT Light Red line spur line which duplicates the same route.[4] In 2012, there were further notable changes made to the central and western sections of the Orange line. The section from Din Daeng District to Bang Bamru was rerouted away from Victory Monument to Pratunam Market, Petchaburi rd and Larn Luang Road, then under Ratchadamnoen Klang Road (the cancelled BTS Silom Line extension to Phrannok route) and terminates at Bang Khun Non to interchange with the MRT Blue Line extension.[4] (Instead of the previous route to Taling Chan District to interchange with SRT Light Red Line).

Alignment[edit]

The Orange line will start from Min Buri District as elevated structure on Ramkhamhaeng Road (former Suka Phiban III Road) from eastern suburb in Min Buri District and goes underground near Lam Sali intersection in Bang Kapi District, also transfers to MRT Yellow Line. It continues southwest along Ramkhamhaeng Road, passing Hua Mak Stadium and Ramkhamhaeng University. Then it turns to the west and crosses Pradit Manutham Road to the current MRT depot. Then it goes to Thailand Cultural Centre Station, the alignment crosses over and transfers to the current MRT Blue Line. It continues via Din Daeng housing estates and Bangkok City Hall 2 to Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Sam Liam Din Daeng Junction. Then turn left into Ratchaprarop Road towards Pratu Nam and turn right into Phetchaburi Road then interchange with BTS Sukhumvit Line at Ratchathewi Station. It continues along Lan Luang Road and Ratchadamnoen Road. Then crosses the Chao Phraya River near Phra Pinklao Bridge, passes Siriraj Hospital and goes along Bangkok Noi Rail line and terminates at Taling Chan District, interchanges with SRT Red Line.

Progress[edit]

The Orange line was due to be tendered by the end of 2013. However, due to resident protests regarding station footprint and compulsory land acquisition around stations at Pratunam, Ratchaprarop, Pracha Songkhro and Soesim stations the MRTA stated that is needed another 12 months to redesign sections of the line.[5] Subsequently, political protests against the Thai government led to the metro transport funding bill lapsing when parliament was dissolved in Dec 2013. As of December 9, 2015, the Thai cabinet has approved the Orange line. On 19 April 2016, the Cabinet approved 82.9 billion baht to build 17 stations and 21.2 km. of rail from the Thailand Cultural Centre to Minburi, of which 12.2 km. will be underground and 9 km will be elevated. Construction contracts were signed in February 2017,[2] with construction expected to start in June 2017 [6]

Stations[edit]

In the table below, an italicised name indicates that the station is under construction and not yet in operation.

Code Station Name Thai Interchange Notes
Thailand Cultural Centre - Suwinthawong (Construction begins late 2017)
OR30 Suwinthawong สุวินทวงศ์
OR29 Min Buri มีนบุรี BSicon exTRAM.svg MRT Pink line (c. 2020)
OR28 Kheha Ramkhamhaeng เคหะรามคำแหง
OR27 Min Phatthana มีนพัฒนา
OR26 Rat Phatthana ราษฎร์พัฒนา
OR25 Nom Klao น้อมเกล้า
OR24 Sammakon สัมมากร
OR23 Khlong Ban Ma คลองบ้านม้า Park & Ride service
OR22 Si Burapha ศรีบูรพา
OR21 Lam Sali ลำสาลี BSicon exTRAM.svg MRT Yellow line (c. 2020)
OR20 Hua Mak หัวหมาก
OR19 Rajamangala Stadium ราชมังคลากีฬาสถาน
OR18 Ramkhamhaeng รามคำแหง
OR17 Ramkhamhaeng 12 รามคำแหง 12
OR16 Pradit Manutham ประดิษฐ์มนูธรรม BSicon exTRAM.svg BMA Grey line (proposed)
OR15 MRTA รฟม. Depot
OR14 Thailand Cultural Centre ศูนย์วัฒนธรรมแห่งประเทศไทย MRT Blue line
Park & Ride service
Taling Chan - Thailand Cultural Centre (Western Extension)
OR13 Pracha Songkhro ประชาสงเคราะห์ BSicon exTRAM.svg MRT Light Blue line (proposed)
OR12 Din Daeng ดินแดง
OR11 Rang Nam รางน้ำ
OR10 Ratchaprarop ราชปรารภ BSicon exTRAM.svg Suvarnabhumi Airport Link
OR9 Pratunam ประตูน้ำ
OR8 Ratchathewi ราชเทวี BSicon exTRAM.svg BTS Sukhumvit line: Ratchathewi Station
OR7 Yommarat ยมราช BSicon exTRAM.svg SRT Dark Red line (c.2021)
OR6 Lan Luang หลานหลวง
OR5 Democracy Monument อนุสาวรีย์ประชาธิปไตย MRT Purple line extension (proposed)
OR4 Sanam Luang สนามหลวง
OR3 Siriraj ศิริราช
OR2 Bang Khun Non บางขุนนนท์ MRT Blue line north extension (c. 2020)
OR1 Taling Chan ตลิ่งชัน BSicon exTRAM.svg SRT Light Red line

(c. 2020) and

BTS Silom line extension (proposed)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Six contracts signed for construction of B79.2bn Orange Line". Bangkok Post. 9 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Six contracts signed for construction of B79.2bn Orange Line". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  3. ^ http://www.otp.go.th/Bkk_mrt/progress.php
  4. ^ a b http://www.manager.co.th/Business/ViewNews.aspx?NewsID=9540000082642
  5. ^ http://thaipost.net/news/140513/73484
  6. ^ http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/939669/orange-line-wins-cabinet-approval

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