Pink Line (Bangkok)

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Pink Line
สายสีชมพู
Overview
Type Straddle-beam Monorail
System Pink Line Khae Rai–Min Buri and Yellow Line Lat Phrao–Samrong electric trains
Status Under Construction
Locale Nonthaburi and Bangkok, Thailand
Termini Khae Rai
Min Buri
Stations 30
Operation
Opened 2022 (est.)
Owner Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand
Operator(s) Northern Bangkok Monorail Company Limited
Character Elevated
Depot(s) Min Buri
Rolling stock Bombardier INNOVIA Monorail 300
4 cars per trainset
Technical
Line length 34.5 kilometers (21.4 mi) (est.)
Number of tracks 2 monorail tracks
Electrification Third rail
Operating speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Route map
Nonthaburi Civic Center  MRT 
 MRT : Bangkok Noi - Sammakorn
Khae Rai
Sanambin Nam
Samakkhi
Royal Irrigation Department
Pak Kret
Liang Mueang Pak Kret
Muang Thong Thani
Si Rat
Mongkutwattana
Bangkok Government Complex
Lak SiBSicon exTRAM.svg
 BTS : Lam Luk Ka - Bang Pu
Phranakhon Rajabhat
Anusawari Lak SiBSicon exBOOT.svg
Lat Pla Khao
Rarm Intra Government Housing
VacharapholBSicon exTRAM.svg
 MRT : Phutthamonthon Sai 4 - Tha Phra
(transfer to Itsaraphap)
Nawamin
Khan Na Yao
Siam Park City
Bang Chan
Setthabutbamphen
Sihaburanukit
Min BuriBSicon exTRAM.svg
 MRT : Taling Chan - Suwinthawong

The Pink Line is a planned elevated mass rapid transit line to be built in Bangkok and Nonthaburi Province, Thailand.

The monorail will be 34.5 km long with 30 stations. It will run in the northern part of the city from east Bangkok in Minburi , Bangkok along Ram Inthra Road to west Bangkok (Pak Kret District, Nonthaburi Province), Chaeng Watthana Road and Tiwanon Road ending at the Nonthaburi Civic Center. At the terminus there will be an interchange with MRT Purple Line and the proposed MRT Brown Line which is currently under evaluation. A short spur line to Impact, Muang Thong Thani from Si Rat station has also been proposed.

The line will also transfer with the SRT Dark Red Line which is under construction, the planned BTS Sukhumvit Line extension to Khu Khot (under construction), the planned BMA Grey Line in the future and interchange with the MRT Orange Line which is under construction. As such, it will be an important cross city link in the northern area of Bangkok & Nonthaburi linking 5 lines along a major transport corridor.


History[edit]

The Pink Line was originally intended to be a heavy rail line but this was changed to dual-track monorail in 2008 on the basis that construction costs would be cheaper. The director-general of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning had previously stated said in an interview that the Pink Line was considered a priority scheme to be completed by 2017-18, as it ran past the then recently opened Government Complex.[1] A review in early 2012 was undertaken to consider the heavy rail option again. However, it was decided to proceed with the monorail plan on the basis that the overall cost would be cheaper than heavy rail. The review of the line also resulted in the addition of 6 extra stations. The environmental impact assessment for the Pink Line was finalised in late 2012. In late 2012, a request to extend the planned line east by 3.4 km from the Minburi terminus along Suwinthawongse Road to Nong Chok was submitted.[2] However, this will was not be implemented. The expected cost of the line with the additional 6 extra stations is 55 billion baht.[3]

The Pink line was then due to be tendered in the 3rd quarter of 2013 with construction due to commence in early 2014.[4] However, delays in preparation of the tender in relation to the selection of monorail rolling stock and subsequent political protests resulting in a snap national election in early Feb 2014, further delayed the Pink Line tender.[5] A subsequent coup in May 2014 resulted in a new military administration and the tender being deferred for 2014. The MRTA tender was subsequently not released until mid-2016.

Progress[edit]

In early December 2016, BSR Joint Venture (comprising BTS Group Holdings which owns 75%, Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction - STEC, and Ratchaburi Electricity Generation Holding - RATCH), won the bid for the project. The BSR also won the bid the Yellow Line project. [6]

On 16 June 2017, the Pink Line project contracts were signed with the BSR consortium by the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand with a scheduled operational date of 2022. [7] The BSR has established Northern Bangkok Monorail Company Limited to operate the monorail. The BSR proposed a 2.8km spur monorail route to link to Impact, Muang Thong Thani from Si Rat station which is waiting for approval from the government.[8]

Rolling stock[edit]

BSR has selected Bombardier INNOVIA 300 monorail rolling stock for the Pink line.[9] The BSR has announced that they will purchase 42, 4 car sets to operate the Pink line.[10]

List of planned stations[edit]

Originally, the line was to have 24 stations, 4 of which will be transfer stations and 2 of which will be "park & ride" stations. However, 6 new stations were added in mid-2012 for a total of 30 stations.

The line will also have 2 additional service stations for train maintenance.

Code Name[11] No. of Platform Transfer(s) Province
Pk1 Nonthaburi Civic Center 4  MRT   MRT  Nonthaburi
Pk2 Khae Rai 2
Pk3 Sanambin Nam 2
Pk4 Samakkhi 2
Pk5 Royal Irrigation Department 2
Pk6 Pak Kret 2
Pk7 Pak Kret Bypass 2
Pk8 Chaeng Wattana-Pak Kret 28 2
Pk9 Mueang Thong Thani 2
Pk10 Si Rat 4  MRL  Impact Link
Pk11 Chaeng Watthana 14 2 Bangkok
Pk12 Bangkok Government Complex 2
Pk13 TOT 2
Pk14 Lak Si 4  SRT  ARLbangkok.svg  ARL 
Pk15 Phranakhon Rajabhat University 2
Pk16 Wat Phrasri Mahathat 4  BTS 
Pk17 Ram Inthra 3 2
Pk18 Lat Pla Khao 2
Pk19 Ram Inthra 31 2
Pk20 Maiyalap 2
Pk21 Watcharaphon 4  MRL 
Pk22 Ram Inthra 40 2
Pk23 Khu Bon 2
Pk24 Ram Inthra 83 2
Pk25 East Outer Ring Road 2
Pk26 Nopparat Rajathanee 2
Pk27 Bang Chan 2
Pk28 Setthabutbamphen 2
Pk29 Min Buri Market 2
Pk30 Min Buri 4  MRT 
Impact Link (Proposed extension)
Pk10 Si Rat 2  MRL  Main Line Nonthaburi
Impact Challenger 2
Mueang Thong Lake 2

Future Extension[edit]

In 2016, Bangkok Mass Transit System PLC. (BTSC) has received a fund for IMPACT extension link from Bangkok Land Public Company Limited (SETBLAND). This extension is proposed by BSR consortium as auction special offers to construct with the main project and gave to Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand that followed in a concession of the project.

This extension will provide two stations from Si Rat station, the first will located between Impact Challenger and Impact Exhibition building and the second will located near Muang Thong Thani Lake in Pak Kred, Nonthaburi.

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