Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket Public Transport: Residents need reality U-turn, but beware the tuk-tuks

Published

 on 

PHUKET: After 19 months of delay, it’s time to break the median strip in front of Phuket Provincial Bus Terminal 2 and finally get the buses rolling from there.

[See story, front page, current issue of the Phuket Gazette. Digital subscribers click here to download the full newspaper.]

Despite its ill-advised location, the site is an improvement over that of the blighted current terminal in Phuket Town, an area which long ago lost any claim to being a geographical hub.

We find it hard to understand the resistance to the Terminal 2 project by some of the local residents in Rassada. We appreciate their displeasure at not having been invited to public hearings, but the presence of the new bus station there should not do much to damage the local landscape.

The roadway is already lined with numerous repair shops, an electrical power substation, the tatty Super Cheap complex, gas stations, massage parlors, derelict shop houses and other installations of similar aesthetic merit.

If, as some have claimed, the argument really is about increased traffic, residents should consider that all inter-provincial buses already pass their doors, 24 hours a day enroute to and from Phuket Town. Having the buses stationed there should not be seen as much of a threat to the neighborhood. It is likely, in fact, to improve northbound traffic flow at key junctions further south in Rassada.

As mentioned in this space before, a much better location for the new station would have been at the point where the bypass road forks off from Thepkrasattri Road. This would have provided convenience to passengers transiting to west and south coast destinations, especially if the much-talked-about light rail system were ever to become a reality.

Nevertheless, it always seems to be the residents of Phuket Town, not tourists, who reap the benefits from government projects. Phuket Town has a reliable public water supply, expansive parks, cheap and reliable public transport and an ongoing project to bury power cables.

Consider similar infrastructure in places such as Patong or Kata-Karon, and the contrast is stark indeed.

Moving the bus station to Rassada can be viewed as “more of the same”. If and when it opens, Phuket Town residents will see their roads freed of the lumbering buses while enjoying easy 10-baht access to the new station on the pink Poh Thong buses.

At the opposite end of the spectrum are tourists arriving from other provinces, who will of course be left to the demands of whatever transport syndicate is first to buy the franchise, almost surely to be exclusive, at the new terminal.

Given the massive profits reaped from such black-plate taxi and tuk-tuk franchises, it is hard to believe that local Rassada folk are not chomping at the bit to have the station open as soon as possible so that they can line up at the feeding trough.

After all, there has been no talk whatsoever of providing anyone arriving at the terminal with a shuttle bus from there to Patong.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

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.

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Road deaths13 hours ago

Dead woman in car pulled out of Kanchana Buri canal

World13 hours ago

As Iran revolts, president vows to deal with protests

Election14 hours ago

POLL: Top 2 picks for prime minister are “nobody” and Ex-PM’s daughter

China15 hours ago

No word from China on Xi military coup whispers

Pattaya15 hours ago

Intoxicated Pattaya tourist allegedly punches elderly Australian man in face

Thailand16 hours ago

Thai TikTok star detained at Singapore airport over huge amount of cash

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Kanchanaburi17 hours ago

Kanchanaburi school director found dead in canal

Pattaya18 hours ago

Small children in Pattaya learn to get help when locked in hot cars

Chiang Mai18 hours ago

Heavy rains collapse part of Chiang Mai’s ancient city wall

Events19 hours ago

6-hour whiskey drinking contest draws criticism

Pattaya20 hours ago

Pattaya official urges mayor to expand legal nightlife zone

Thailand20 hours ago

Things you can do in Thailand during the rainy season

Indonesia21 hours ago

Earthquake in Indonesia felt throughout southern Thailand

Patong22 hours ago

Foreign women rescued from rip current in Patong

Thailand2 days ago

Woman smashes up her 1.5 million baht car over feud with Ford Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Phuket2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Trending