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Buses roll out of Phuket Bus Terminal 2

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PHUKET: The Phuket Bus Terminal 2 finally went into operation this morning – more than 28 months after the completion of the structure.

“I think the first day has gone well so far,” said Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) chief Teerayut Prasertpol.

Mr Teerayut estimated that about 70 per cent of the public is already aware that almost all inter-provincial buses will operate out of the new station, which is located on Thepkrasattri Road southbound in Rassada, not far from the Supercheap shopping complex.

PLTO officers were posted at the station today to monitor operations and give information for first-time users.

Passengers unaware of the change who arrived at the old Phuket Bus Terminal 1 on Phang Nga Road in Phuket Town were instructed to take the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization “Pink Bus” or pho thong, which connects the two stations at a fare of 10 baht.

“The first outbound bus for Trang left at 5am. The first inbound coach arrived from Bangkok early this morning,” he said.

Mr Teerayout told the Gazette that measures are in place to get arriving passengers to their final destinations by a variety of public transport options, all at fixed prices.

“Passengers have a choice to take any kind of public transportation they prefer. We have a fixed-price taxi service counter, a pho thong, and motorcycle taxis. All prices are clearly displayed on large board, so passengers will know they are not being ripped off and overcharged,” he said.

“If we receive any reports of taxi drivers breaking the agreed pricing structure, we will ban them from picking up passengers at Bus Terminal 2,” he added.

Having watched the station sit dormant for well over two years, many passengers were excited about using it on its first day in operation.

Sansern Sukantanit, a local resident who travels to other provinces regularly by bus, told the Gazette: “I learned that the new station would go into operation today when I called the tour bus company to book my ticket. I have seen and heard a lot about the new bus terminal. I am glad to finally get a chance to use it today.”

“The terminal is clean and well-organized. I hope it can remain this way,” he added.

The opening is expected to greatly ease traffic congestion in parts of Phuket Town, especially the Satree School Junction where Thepkrasattri Road crosses between Damrong Road and Tungkha Road.

For more information about new services at the station read the previous report by clicking here.

— Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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