The president of the Transport Company says inter-provincial bus and van services are being extended to meet increased demand over the New Year period. According to a Bangkok Post report, Sanyalux Panwattanalikit is expecting passenger numbers to increase by 30% during the end-of-year holiday. Between yesterday and Thursday of next week, the company expects to transport an average of 60,000 passengers a day.
Sanyalux says extra buses and vans are being laid on in order to accommodate passengers on 4,700 trips a day, as people return home or take trips to celebrate the New Year holiday. The Bangkok Post reports that on January 2 and 3, the company expects to serve around 50,000 passengers a day as people make their way back to Bangkok after the festivities.
The company says passengers must adhere to disease prevention measures to mitigate the threat of Covid-19. According to Sanyalux, there will be mobile screening units at Bangkok’s Mo Chit Bus Terminal, where passengers can take free Covid tests. All passengers will be required to wear face masks for the duration of their journey and follow Public Health Ministry guidelines.
The Bangkok Post reports that since yesterday, people have been flooding out of Bangkok en masse. In Nakhon Ratchasima, heavy traffic has been reported on Mitraphap Road, the main gateway to the north-east of the country. Drivers have reported tailbacks of more than 4 kilometres in 1 section of the road, while police say they’ve shut all 12 of the road’s U-turns in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post