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80% of Pattayans support monorail project

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: A rendering of the proposed Pattaya monorail - Pattaya City Government

Authorities at a public hearing in Pattaya heard that 80% of local residents support plans to build a monorail to ease the resort town’s appalling traffic and transport problems. The proposed monorail would meet the proposed High Speed train at the station to the east of Sukhumvit Road, then travel along the motorway and along Sukhumvit before heading toward the sea. It would be built along Sai 2 road and wind up at Bali Hai port.

There would be around 13 stations spaced 650-700 metres apart. Building would start in 2024. The latest hearing was the third of its kind and was intended to gauge public opinion and assess overall environmental impacts. A proponent of the monorail said 80% of Pattayans agree that the scheme is a good one and are in favour of proceeding.

City Hall deputy head Kiatsak Sriwongchai, who chaired the meeting, said that the massive growth of Pattaya as both a tourism and economic centre has brought dire traffic problems, highlighting the need for improved public transport and improved systems for private cars.

SOURCES: thaivisa | INN

 

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    Mark

    Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Well as we suspected walking street and beach road will be more family friendly moving the night entertainment past 2nd road with more entertainment in line with central festival and terminal 21 But what will happen to the Baht bus don’t know

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, August 24, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Not viable for a town that is dying and seems as if it will continue to die, due to the oppressive unneeded restrictions on foreigners coming on holiday to Pattaya.
    Perhaps they expect the Chinese to build it with aid . . .

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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