Silom Line

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BTS Silom line
รถไฟฟ้าบีทีเอส สายสีลม
BTSbangkok.svg
Bangkok Skytrain 06.jpg
A Silom line train approaching Chong Nonsi station
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System BTS Skytrain
Status Operational
Locale Bangkok, Thailand
Termini National Stadium
Bang Wa
Stations 13
Services 1
Operation
Opened 5 December 1999
Owner BMA
Operator(s) BTSC
Character Elevated
Depot(s) Mo Chit
Bang Wa shed
Rolling stock Siemens Modular Metro
CNR Changchun Bombardier Movia
4 cars per trainset
Technical
Line length 14.5 km (9.0 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route map
National Stadium
Sukhumvit Line (Up arrow Mo Chit – Bearing Down arrow)
Siam
Ratchadamri
MRT Blue Line: Si Lom (Left arrow Hua Lamphong – Bang Sue Right arrow)
Sala Daeng
Chong NonsiBangkok BRT logo.svg
Surasak
Si Rat Expressway
Saphan Taksin
Chao Phraya River
Krung Thonburi
Wongwian Yai
Pho Nimit
Talat Phlu
SRT Mae Klong Line (Left arrow Wongwian Yai – Maha Chai Right arrow)
Wutthakat
Bang Wa
Light Depot

The Elevated Train in Commemoration of HM the King's 6th Cycle Birthday Second line (Silom) or Silom Line is a route of the BTS Skytrain in Bangkok, Thailand. It runs eastward from the National Stadium Station in Pathum Wan District over Rama I Road and interchanges with the Sukhumvit Line at Siam BTS Station, then turns southward, following Ratchadamri, Si Lom, Narathiwat Ratchanakharin and Sathon Roads to Taksin Bridge where it crosses the Chao Phraya River and terminates at Bang Wa Station in Phasi Charoen District. The line is represented on the official BTS map in dark green.

History[edit]

Originally consisting of seven stations from National Stadium (W1) to Saphan Taksin (S6) when the BTS first opened 5 December 1999. A planned station at S4 was not built but is now planned for 2017 construction and opening in 2018.[1]

Extensions and current construction[edit]

A 2.2 km extension across the river to Wongwian Yai (S8) opened 15 May 2009 after many years of delay. Originally, this extension was due to open in 2007.

A further 5.3 km, 4 station extension from Wongwian Yai (S8) to Bang Wa (S12) in Phasi Charoen District was delayed for many months by the Bangkok floods of late 2011.

The first station of extension, Pho Nimit (S9) opened on 12 January 2013. The second station of the extension, Talat Phlu (S10) opened on 14 February 2013. The extension was initially operated by a separate 6 car shuttle service due to the absence of a turnout between Wongwian Yai (S8) and Talat Phlu (S10).

The remaining two stations Wutthakat (S11) and Bang Wa (S12) were opened on 5 December 2013.

Future extension plans[edit]

South: After the opening of S11 & S12 on 5 December 2013 the BMA announced a new proposal to further extended the Silom line by 7 km from Bang Wa (S12) station, by six stations to Taling Chan.[2] Here, it would connect with the SRT Light Red line.

A public hearing was held in 2015.[3] Three route options are under considetation.[4] If approved, construction would break ground in 2017 and be completed by 2019 for a planned 2020 opening. Part of the basis for this further extension by the BMA is that it would provide proximate access to the Southern Bus Terminal. This proposal in currently under preliminary study by the BMA.

West: The Silom line is planned to be extended by two stations west from National Stadium (W1) to link with the SRT Dark Red line at Yot Se station. However, no time frame for this extension has been announced and this section of the Dark Red line will not be built until after 2018.

Originally, the plan was to extend the Silom line west from National Stadium into Chinatown, then north to Democracy Monument where it would then run west to Rattanakosin Island and Sanum Luang, tunnel under the river to the Thonburi side before terminating at Phrannok. However, this plan was shelved back in 2009 and much of this route has been replaced by routing changes to the planned MRT Orange line.

Stations[edit]

Route map
Curved viaduct between Siam and Ratchadamri
Code Station Name
English
Station Name
Thai
Interchanges Location
W1 National Stadium สนามกีฬาแห่งชาติ Bangkok Pathum Wan
CEN Siam สยาม  BTS   BTS  (2029)
S1 Ratchadamri ราชดำริ
S2 Sala Daeng ศาลาแดง  MRT  Bang Rak
S3 Chong Nonsi ช่องนนทรี Bangkok BRT logo.svg  BMA  (2029)
S4 Sueksa Witthaya (2019) ศึกษาวิทยา Bang Rak and Sathon
S5 Surasak สุรศักดิ์
S6 Saphan Taksin สะพานตากสิน
S7 Krung Thonburi กรุงธนบุรี Khlong San
S8 Wongwian Yai วงเวียนใหญ่
S9 Pho Nimit โพธิ์นิมิตร Thon Buri
S10 Talat Phlu ตลาดพลู Bangkok BRT logo.svg
S11 Wutthakat วุฒากาศ  SRT  (2029)[5] Thon Buri and Chom Thong
S12 Bang Wa บางหว้า  MRT  (2019)[6] Phasi Charoen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BTS to Add Two Stations Serving Downtown". Khaosod English. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "One month free on metro between Taksin and Bang Wa". Thai Rath. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  3. ^ "BTS Silom Line extension to Taling Chan moves forward". Coconuts Bangkok. 2015-03-05. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  4. ^ "Skytrain looks West". www.bangkokpost.com. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  5. ^ "การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย State Railway of Thailand". www.railway.co.th. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to official Website of MRTA - Blue Line Website". www.mrta-blueline.com. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 

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