Connect with us


Opening of new Phuket Bus Station on hold

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET CITY: The opening of Phuket’s new 128-million-baht bus station is on hold while authorities work out which organization will be put in charge of its operation.

Structural work on the station was completed earlier this month, with project contractor Anda Phuket Construction Co Ltd officially handing the structure over to the Land Transport Department on December 4.

No date for the station’s opening has been announced, however, because the agency is still negotiating with both Rasada Tambon Administration Organization (TAO) and the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (PPAO) over which, if either, body will be put in charge of its operation.

Work on the station began in September 2008, after the Land Transport Department paid 80 million baht to acquire the nine-rai plot from a private landowner.

The station is located on Thepkrasattri Rd southbound, just south of Supercheap in Rasada District.

Anda Phuket project engineer Boonlert Pikulthong told the Gazette the work was completed within the contract cost of 47.98 million baht.

“After we signed the contact in September last year we started right away just to make sure we could finish and hand over the project before the December 12 deadline,” he said.

All work was completed according to project specifications, and no further changes or improvements are required, he said.

“We did not make a lot of profit from this contract. I just wanted to keep all my workers employed,” he said.

“As for the construction, I am quite happy with the new bus terminal. I think it is okay,” he said.

Phuket Land Transport Officer Kanok Siripanichkorn declined to estimate when control of the station will be transferred, but confirmed the two bodies under consideration are the Rasada TAO and the PPAO.

The agency is still waiting for both bodies to confirm their intent to run the terminal before making the final decision and consigning the terminal over to the chosen organization, he said.

The new station, officially designated as Phuket Bus Terminal 2, comprises two main sections: a covered platform with drive-up parking for 29 buses, and a two-story passenger building. Among the facilities on the top floor of the passenger building will be a restaurant, beauty parlor and a variety of shops.

“We plan to install an escalator and set up an air-conditioned section for passengers waiting to depart, but we still have to work out the details with the organization that agrees to run it,” he said.

What other facilities might be added will also be up to that organization, he added.

In a bid to boost domestic tourism, the Land Transport Office plans to establish several new long-haul provincial bus routes in mid-2010, he revealed.

These will include routes to Pattaya, Nongkhai and either Betong District in Yala or Su-ngai Kolok in Narathiwat, both on the Malaysian border.

The biggest problem associated with the opening of the new station will be increased traffic congestion on Thepkrasattri Rd, because buses going off island will first have to head south then do a U-turn, he said.

It is hoped the Phuket Provincial Highways Office will soon build an elevated horseshoe-shaped U-Turn channel to allow buses to make an aerial crossing over Thepkrasattri Rd and head north without obstructing traffic flow.

— Kitima Pornmongkhonwat


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand42 mins ago

Phuket relaxes checkpoint requirements to help tourists and health officials

Phuket43 mins ago

Phuket Covid-19: 2 deaths, 4 Sandbox infections, 10k total cases

Thailand2 hours ago

Facebook page that claims to sell dog meat met with scorn on social media

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand welcomes its first AI influencer, “AI Ailynn”

Thailand4 hours ago

Umbrellas out, more monsoonal rain in the wake of ‘Dianmu’

Thailand5 hours ago

Sunday Covid update: 125 deaths and 12,353 new cases

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand14 hours ago

Record-breaking 1 million Covid-19 vaccines given yesterday

Technology16 hours ago

Junk messages must now be blocked by Thai mobile carriers

Kanchanaburi18 hours ago

Abusive Kanchanaburi temple rehab centre ordered to close.

Phuket19 hours ago

Phuket begins new subdermal injection method for vaccines

Bangkok20 hours ago

Police bust hotel party with ecstasy and ketamine, 59 arrested

Coronavirus (Covid-19)21 hours ago

Phuket Covid-19: 5 new deaths and 4 new Sandbox infections

Thailand22 hours ago

Saturday Covid-19 Afternoon Update: full provincial totals

Phuket1 day ago

Phuket man finds 30 million baht surprise on beach: “whale poop”

Malaysia1 day ago

Transgender who fled to Thailand faces extradition to Malaysia

Tourism4 days ago

Travel data to Thailand for 106 million people unprotected online

Economy6 days ago

Cuts to import duty on alcohol, cigars, part of plan to entice wealthy foreigners

Crime5 days ago

OnlyFans content creators arrested by Thai police on pornography charges

Thailand5 days ago

Party at luxury villa in Phuket raided, homeowner allegedly assaults police officer

Coronavirus Vaccines6 days ago

Doctors say cardiac arrest caused death of man given AstraZeneca booster shot

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 days ago

Covid-19: Detailed info on vaccinations, hospitalisations, and provinces

Thailand6 days ago

Around 20 people arrested at Koh Samui restaurant for drinking alcohol, gambling, playing pool

Bangkok5 days ago

Governor says Bangkok will only re-open when safe to do so

Phuket3 days ago

Police suddenly began raiding Patong bars selling alcohol

Thailand5 days ago

Bangkok re-opening Criteria, Thai Airways keeps Struggling | Good Morning Thailand | Episode 93

Pattaya4 days ago

October Pattaya reopening on schedule according to mayor

Thailand6 days ago

Morning Top Stories | No approved October re-opening, Phuket easing restrictions | September 20

Crime4 days ago

Ex-cop “Joe Ferrari,” other officers charged with violating discipline policy over suspect’s death

Phuket7 days ago

Phuket domestic travel rules need streamlining, officials discuss

Thailand5 days ago

Government warns that posting pornographic material is illegal following OnlyFans creator being questioned by police

Thailand2 weeks ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11